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Turkish Airlines (THY) will stop serving alcoholic beverages in business class during domestic flights except when flying to six specific destination points, claiming the demand was too low.

After surveying the preferences of passengers over the last year, Turkish Airlines has decided to remove alcoholic drinks from the service menu except during flights to İstanbul, İzmir, Bodrum, Dalaman, Antalya and Ankara.

Alcoholic beverages used to be served to business class passengers aboard domestic flights up until last week. Planes flying domestic routes will now not stock alcoholic beverages on board as part of austerity measures regarding service goods.

Recently, THY aroused public criticism with several passengers having reported that when they asked for alcoholic drinks the cabin crew denied their requests, saying that alcohol had been forgotten to be loaded with the plane’s cargo.

Turkish Airlines currently offers alcoholic drinks to both economic and business class passengers on international flights except en route to Iran and some Arab countries as demand is low.

February/11/2013

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Socialist TRK

2/19/2013 12:24:58 PM

Brit in Turkey: Mainland Turks have ruined Northern Cyprus and introduced many Casino's and Increased prostitution. Naturally the local have forgot about being saved in 74' and only look at what has become of their once quiet and peaceful towns. Both CHP and AKP continue to use TRNC as a toy and more recently purchased the current PM with money. I have family there and they were visited and offered money for their votes.

Brit in Turkey

2/13/2013 6:05:13 PM

mara: Strangely TRNC have casinos. When on our first holiday there in 1990 there seemed to be no casinos. Is that when there were casinos in Turkey? Our last visit there in 2001 was made totally miserable at weekends when mainlanders took over the hotel as by then the hotel had built a large gaming room.

mara mcglothin

2/13/2013 5:09:55 PM

Exactly MIKE ALEXANDER When Turkey did away with casinos this is exactly the way that it happened. First it was regulated and you had to have a foreign passport to gamble, and then it just became all out illegal. Why is it that we think that people cannot make these decisions for themselves and have to be helped along by others? It is also a malady around the World, that if it doesn't affect you directly then you shouldn't worry about it. If you fly to Izmir and internationally-why care?

american american

2/13/2013 12:15:05 PM

if they allowed customers to pay for a drink that could balance the economics. also will prices be adjusted now that they are not spending as much?

mike alexander

2/13/2013 7:43:03 AM

Vargen, You are absolutely right. The choice should be with the individual. If somebody wants a drink, she/he should have it. However, it seems to me that this is the first test towards the implementation of sharia law. The only reason they hesitate to apply it for all flights is because of the tourism economic consequences ! Wait and you'll see ....

An Observer

2/12/2013 10:33:28 PM

The thin end of a very thick wedge indeed. The campus where I work has also closed the oncampus Migros (for selling alcohol) and stopped serving alcohol at the oncampus academics' restaurants. A disgrace. Welcome to 'modern' fundamentalist Turkey!

mara mcglothin

2/12/2013 5:57:47 PM

VARGEN Give actual individuals a choice? Surely you jest? Many domestic flights in the USA are not long enough to serve any kind of beverages, but that does not mean that beverages are not on the plane, alcohol included. I do guess that the simple alcohol on the plane is against some peoples' sensibilities since some people in Turkey will not enter a restaurant that has alcohol or sit at a table with others drinking. To each his own is always the best policy. Simple.

Vargen Vargen

2/12/2013 4:27:59 PM

Why simply not give people the choise? Brian for example suggests that the flights are so short that you do not need a drink. Sure, but why not let people themselves decide on that? The ones who do not want to drink, for whatever reason, just stay away, and those who want to do so, should be also be allowed to make a choise. As long as you do not disturb fellow passangers of course.

OZman Cometh

2/12/2013 3:34:41 PM

Good business decision making. That is why THY is prospering while many other airlines are faltering.

Köksüz Kosmopolit

2/12/2013 2:41:11 PM

Though I have no religious beliefs, I respect the choice of people who avoid alcohol on religious grounds. But I detest religious fanatics who force their rules on normal people, and have contempt for cowardly businessmen who kowtow to fanatics. WHOSE CHOICE: YOURS OR THEIRS? (BTW, I don’t drink alcohol; not for religious reasons, it's simply personal choice.) @Dogan, you're not really qualified to comment on Turkish matters; you abandoned the country before I was even born (and I am not young).
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