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Libreville

The Turkish Airlines launches its direct flight between the Gabonese capital Libreville and Istanbul on Friday.

The airlines said in a statement that with Libreville, the Turkish carrier will hit the 200th destination across the world.

The carrier is a member of Star Alliance together with other major airlines such as Lufthansa and Egyptair.

The inaugural phase will last until March 2013, during which the company will schedule three rotational flights from Libreville every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:10 a.m. local time. Departure from Istanbul is set at 5:45 p.m. every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The flights will arrive in the Gabonese capital at 2: 10 a.m. after a stop-over in Douala.

The statement said Gabonese nationals who already have a Schengen, British or U.S. visa will be allowed to travel to Turkey without any precondition and will be granted a visa after arriving at the Istanbul airport.

The direct flights between Libreville and Istanbul was confirmed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Gabon in January 2013.

The diplomatic relations between Gabon and Turkey date back to 1998. The relationship was reinforced on Sept. 21, 2000 by the signing of a commercial, economic, cultural and technical agreement.

Since that date, the two countries have accelerated their exchanges, with an exchange of visits by the Turkish and Gabonese presidents Abdullah Gul and Ali Bongo.

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