Johannesburg - Turkish Airlines has been chosen as “Europe's Best Airline” for the sixth consecutive year in the 2016 Skytrax World Airlines Awards.
But according to a survey of millions of airline passengers conducted by Skytrax, the world's best airline award belongs to Emirates.
Skytrax is the most respected global airline passenger survey organisation in the industry, its World Airline Awards are described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”.
The independent survey evaluates traveller experiences across a wide range of airport services and then evaluates key performance indicators - from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration right through to departure at the gate.
This year's awards were based on more than a million questionnaires completed by nationalities worldwide.
The survey covered 550 airports worldwide and consequently unveiling an unrivalled perception of the airline industry across the globe.
Turkish Airlines flies to 290 destinations in 116 nations across the globe.
Last week, the airline announced it would be launching a direct flight between Cape Town and Istanbul from November this year. According to the airline, Turkey is a growing tourism market for South Africans with approximately 48 000 SA citizens having visited the country in 2015.
Turkish Airlines in a statement said the Skytrax World Airline Awards were the result of the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey in the world.
“Every year it delights us that millions of travellers again recognise Turkish Airlines as the 'Best Airline in Europe.
“The airline continues to be renowned for its seamless services, including our dining and in-flight entertainment experiences. The award marks a continued period of success for us.”
African News Agency (ANA)