New air routes connecting Istanbul with the Gulf and Ukraine

Turkey can look forward to another air link with the Gulf, following the launch on October 2 of a new service between Kuwait and Istanbul.

The route will be operated by Gulf Air and run twice a week. Gulf Air already offers a service between Istanbul and Bahrain.

“This affords our Kuwait-based passengers the opportunity to directly access one of our most popular destinations,” Gulf Air acting chief executive Maher Al Musallam said. “A direct flight makes the journey easier and we expect this route to be very popular while paving the way for future positive enhancements to our network offering. Launching the new direct Kuwait-Istanbul route caters to travel demand and we want Gulf Air passengers to avail this route at competitive prices, while we continue to offer convenient connections between Bahrain and Kuwait.”

September also saw the launch of new flights to the Ukraine, connecting Istanbul with the two Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Kharkiv.

Improved air routes with the Gulf and Ukraine should help increase the investment appeal of property in Istanbul and real estate in Turkey.

Meanwhile, in other air traffic news, sources in Turkey have confirmed that a new airport built on an artificial island will open between the northern Turkish provinces of Ordu and Giresun next year. Once complete, it will be the first airport of its kind not only in Turkey but in Europe, and only the eighth in the world, making it a showcase for Turkey. The airport is expected to serve around two million passengers yearly, and will boost air travel to and from the two provinces that have a population of around 1.2 million.