New Flights to China Boost Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Posted on 02 December 2011

Last week saw Istanbul Ataturk’s already award-winning global destination coverage increased further, when China Southern announced new flights to the airport from Beijing via Urumqi in the northwest.

The flights start running Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, served by 191 seat 757-200s. However, there are plans to expand on this quickly if demand is sufficient on the route. Currently Hainan Airlines runs a weekly service between Urumqi and Ataturk, and Turkish Airlines runs flights daily between Istanbul and Beijing direct.

TAV Istanbul’s GM Kemal Unlu commented: "China is an important country which we have ongoing economic and cultural relations that have been developing gradually. Therefore, we are really glad with the launch of the Peking-Urumqi-Istanbul flights by China Southern Airlines to our airport. Istanbul Atatürk Airport continues to go forward in becoming a global hub with the fast and high quality service it provides. We will continue to welcome our passengers with the modern face of Turkey."

A few months ago Istanbul Ataturk was recognised in the Annies Awards. The airport was joint winner of the "Airport with the most new non-European routes" award, having added 8 new routes in a year. The routes were as follows:

New destinationCountryCarrierWeekly frequency
Baghdad (BGW)IraqAmsterdam Airlines1
Fortaleza (FOR)BrazilArkefly1
Guangzhou (CAN)ChinaChina Southern3
Holguin (HOG)CubaArkefly1
Kigali (KGL)*RwandaKLM6
Orlando Sanford (SFB)USAArkefly2
Puerto Plata (POP)Dominican RepublicArkefly1
Xiamen (XMN)ChinaKLM3
Source: OAG Max Online for August 2011

* return flight is via Entebbe (Uganda)

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