(QHA) -

Turkish Airlines, leading air company in Europe, decided to start operating scheduled flights to Kherson--South Ukrainian city, close to Crimean border.

The airline made the announcement in a bourse filing on Monday.

Temel Kotil, general manager of the Turkish Airlines, said in July that the carrier expected to increase its passenger numbers by 24% to 60mn this year from 48.3mn in 2013. THY previously planned to open 16 new routes to increase the number of destinations to 259 in 2014, however, it has already met its target as of July.

At present, Turkish Airlines services flights to nine destinations in Italy and six destinations in Ukraine, according to its online ticketing platform.

Following Crimean annexation in March, Turkish Airlines announced its decision to suspend flights to Crimea.