If you are looking for proof that Turkey is becoming a dominant force in international air-travel, tourism and therefore property investment then you really want to look at the latest news from Anna.Aero.
The website has reported several pieces of positive news for the Turkish travel industry. Crowned route of the week by the website we have yet another new Turkish Airlines route between its base Istanbul Ataturk and Houston. Flights will initially be operated four-times weekly with 777-300ERs, increasing to six-times weekly from the beginning of July.
Speaking at the route launch in Houston, Hamdi Topçu, Turkish Airlines’ chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee said, “We’re delighted that Turkish Airlines can now serve the Houston community and better connect them with our services to 220 destinations globally via Istanbul. Houston is a key point in international aviation. We believe that these new flights will make international travel easier and more convenient for both business and leisure travellers in the area.”
Speaking of Turkish Airlines’ base, we can no longer say it like that because we also learn this week that Turkish Airlines has made Istanbul Sabiha Gocken its second base in Turkey.
By mid-summer, the carrier will serve 13 international destinations non-stop from the airport, but to start the summer season it launched flights to Amsterdam (AMS), Kuwait (KWI), Paris CDG (CDG), Tehran (IKA) and Vienna(VIE). Four of these routes are already served by other airlines, with local rival Pegasus present on three of the routes. Turkish Airlines also serves all of these destinations with between three and four daily flights from Istanbul Atatürk (IST). Talking of which, the airline launched a new transatlantic service from there to Houston, TX (IAH), its fifth US destination after Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Washington Dulles, on 1 April.
Anna Aero also revealed a new route by Air Baltic The carrier now operates daily services on the 1,800-kilometre route from the Latvian capital to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), having previously operated to Istanbul’s main airport at Atatürk