Turkish Airlines highlights a ‘martyr discount’ to reward families of those who gave up their lives in pursuit of their Muslim religious beliefs. This is getting play all over social media in light of the current war in Israel in which the country is taking the side of Hamas.
Star Alliance member and United Airlines partner Turkish Airlines is over 49% owned by the government, is the national carrier, and operates in some measure as a state instrument. They serve more countries than any other airline.
The government subsidizes flights for relatives of martyrs with 50% off flights – no documentation required beyond frequent flyer membership.
Special discount for veterans and relatives of martyrs and veterans!
Thanks to the protocol we signed with the Ministry of Family and Social Services; If you are a veteran or a relative of a veteran or a martyr, you can buy your flight tickets with a discount of up to 50% from the Turkish Airlines website and mobile applications, without having to show any documents. To easily buy your discounted ticket, simply create a Miles&Smiles membership!
This discount does not apply to itineraries merely using Turkey as a connection, and relatives of martyrs are defined as “Mother, father, spouse and single children under 25.” It is valid for travel in economy only and excludes codeshares.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan promotes traditional Muslim family values. Airlines are prominent and public, and the airline is used to raise the relative status of Muslim practice within the country. They even moved to allow pilots to pray in the cockpit earlier this year.
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While Turkey’s Erogan has called Israel a “war criminal” for its response to slaughter of its civilians by Hamas, Turkish Airlines did not introduce the ‘martyr discount’ to reward the families of suicide bombers that attack Israel. It is meant to honor those who resisted the 2016 coup attempt against the nation’s strongman leader. Those are the ‘martyrs’ this discount is intended to support, it is not a new discount, although it is not clearly exclusive to those relatives.
Turkey is problematic from a human rights perspective, as well as questionable as a democracy. It extracts a tax from NATO and is shaky as an ally. But Turkish Airlines did not introduce this discount to encourage Palestinian suicide bombers.