Turkish leader reconsiders new airline name Business news

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – In a bid to reshuffle Turkey’s top assets to avoid any bad associations, the Turkish president on Wednesday reconsidered what Turkish Airlines should now be called.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told ruling party lawmakers on Wednesday that the Turkish national airline will now be internationally known by its Turkish name “Türk Hava Yolları” (pronounced tuerk hah-VAH yole-lah-RUH).

The day before, the Turkish leader announced that his country would rename the national airline “Türkiye Hava Yolları” as part of his effort to name his country “Türkiye” (pronounced tuer-key-YAY) instead of Turkey. “Hava yolları” is Turkish for airlines.

But this decision has sparked opposition, especially from Turkish nationalists, who have suggested that abandoning the word “Türk” (“Türk” or “Turkish”) would mean giving in to Kurdish nationalists and others who oppose using the word to describe their nationality. and would like to call themselves “Türkiyeli” (a person from Turkey) instead.

The country officially registered its name as “Türkiye” – its Turkish spelling and pronunciation – with the United Nations earlier this month.

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Erdogan’s government says “Türkiye” better represents Turkish culture and values. Observers say the move is part of an effort to differentiate the country from a species of bird called a turkey, or implications of the word in English for something that is very unsuccessful.

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