Turkey's THK to set up new maintenance centers for private planes

Yildirim said that they were planning to open new maintenance centers in Turkey for private planes coming from the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East.

Turkey's THK to set up new maintenance centers for private planes

Chairman of the Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK) Osman Yildirim said Tuesday that they were planning to open new maintenance centers in Turkey for private planes coming from the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East.

In an exclusive interview with the AA, Yildirim said that Turkey lost significant amount of money for the maintenance of planes out of the country and that they wanted to find a solution to the problem.

THK has two separate maintenance centers in Ankara and Istanbul. However, these two centers can not serve all private planes in Turkey. We are planning to open new maintenance centers in Istanbul and Antalya, Yildirim said.

We want Turkey to have maintenance centers that would serve private planes coming from the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East. THK will lead efforts for the erection of new maintenance centers. We know that Turkey spends a lot of money on maintenance of her planes out of the country. We want the money in Turkey to remain in Turkey. New maintenance centers will also mean new jobs for Turkish citizens, Yildirim said.

Currently, a high number of private planes go abroad for maintenance. The Turkish Airlines (THY) can provide maintenance to their jets in Turkey. However, there is not a major center that can provide maintenance to small private planes. We have two maintenance centers in which we check up on the engines and several other components. Our capacity is not big enough. As such, we decided to open new maintenance centers, Yildirim said.

We intend to establish an aeronautical and space university in Turkey in the future. The Turkish aeronautical sector needs new engineers and technical personnel, Yildirim also said.

AA

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