Turkish Airlines (TK, Istanbul Atatürk) is looking to begin services to the Colombian capital of Bogotá in mid-2015 airline president, Temel Kotil, has told the local press.

Speaking to Colombia's Portafolio at the recently ended International Transport Forum, Kotil said the intention is to tap traffic from both Colombia and Venezuela before expanding into other Latin American countries such as Mexico, Cuba and Chile.

"..I have planned [the route] for the middle of next year, with flights between Bogota and Istanbul, combining passengers from both Venezuela and Colombia. Colombia is a major economy, and a very attractive country at that," he said.

At present the airline's Latin American presence consists of Buenos Aires Ezeiza and São Paulo Guarulhos with reports that Turkish has also considered establishing regional hubs in Santo Domingo Las Américas and Montevideo.

Kotil also said that his airline is working on developing its presence in Asia with the long-term goal of establishing Istanbul Atatürk as a global interconnecting hub.