Turkey is a very important aviation partner for the EU. In terms of passenger traffic volumes, among third countries, the Turkish market is one of the most important to the EU. With a large and growing aviation sector and a global international airport hub at Istanbul, Turkey is also an important provider of global connectivity to EU citizens.
In June 2016 the European Commission obtained the authorisation from the Council to negotiate an EU-level aviation agreement with Turkey as proposed in the ambitious external aviation policy put forward with the 2015 Aviation Strategy for Europe, leading to a first round of negotiations with Turkey in November 2016. Negotiations are continuing.
For further information and figures on EU-Turkey aviation relations and EU aviation in general, please consult the Atlas of the Sky.