Turkey’s aim to become one of the best connected countries by air globally continues to take shape, with the announcement and launch this month of new routes to Canada and Algeria.
Turkish Airlines will begin operating out of Canada’s Montréal-Trudeau airport in June 2014. A Star Alliance member, Turkey's national carrier will offer three regular weekly flights to Istanbul's Atatürk Airport, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are on sale now.
"We enthusiastically welcome Turkish Airlines, a very popular carrier among travellers, and with one of the most developed international networks anywhere," said Aéroports de Montréal President and Chief Executive Officer James Cherry. Cherry added: "Montréal will now be connected year-round by direct flight with Istanbul, one of the most exciting cultural capitals, and Atatürk Airport, among the most dynamic air traffic hubs."
In addition to serving 42 domestic centres, Turkish Airlines flies to and from some 200 international destinations in more than 100 countries. Atatürk Airport is its chief connection hub with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe (mainly the Balkans) and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Located 15 kilometres west of central Istanbul, the airport is experiencing astounding growth, having welcomed 45 million passengers in 2012, or 20 per cent more than the previous year.
Because of its membership in Star Alliance, Turkish Airlines will benefit at Montréal-Trudeau from Air Canada's network, as well as those of United Airlines and US Airways, for connections to other points in Canada and to the United States.
Meanwhile, Algeria’s national carrier Air Algerie has launched services to Istanbul Atatürk (IST) from two more airports in Algeria. In addition to the airline’s existing service from Algiers, November saw the introduction of twice-weekly flights from Annaba (AAE) and Oran (ORN - neither route is currently served by any other carrier.