A sign of Turkey’s growing prominence on the world stage and increasing appeal to international travellers and investors, summer 2014 sees a raft of new flights to the country, including to the Middle East and North Africa, and the USA.
Kicking off at the start of May, Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines has added three extra flights to its regular weekly schedule to Abu Dhabi. The new flights, which will run until mid-July, are intended to cater to a larger framework of travellers from the UAE and will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
In August, Turkey’s national carrier will also commence flights to Eritrea in North Africa, flying there three times a week. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan and Turkey have agreed to add 16 additional flights per week between the two countries for the summer season of 2014, namely between Antalya and Almaty, Antalya and Astana and Antalya and Karaganda.
Further east, a new route is also planned between Istanbul and Haneda in Japan, likely to be operated by All Nippon Airways. Currently Turkish Airlines runs flights between Istanbul and Narita, near Tokyo, and Kansai, near Osaka, every day.
And starting in the second week of May, Turkish Airlines has launched its sixth route to the USA with a new service to Boston. Flights to the north-eastern US city are currently five times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but from June 9th, frequency will increase to seven times weekly, with the addition of Tuesday and Thursday flights.