US carrier United Airlines opened July a new flight into Turkey, connecting its New York Newark, NJ (EWR) hub with Istanbul Atatürk (IST) the hub of its Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines. Flights on the new route operate daily with 183-seat 767-300ER aircraft. Indirect competition at JFK comes from Turkish Airlines’ thrice-daily and Delta’s daily flights. Jim Compton, United’s EVP and Chief Revenue Officer, commented: “This new service will provide customers throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America direct access to one of the most important cities in the region.”
Just one day later (July 2) Turkish Airlines resumed its service between Istanbul Ataturk and Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, a route the airline dropped due to low demand in 1997. The route is now offered with thrice-weekly frequencies and operated using A320s with a technical stop in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
The flights just keep on rolling in for Turkey, and especially for Turkish airlines and its Istanbul hub Ataturk. Each new flight brings in more tourists, more property buyers, more businessmen, and ultimately more demand for hotel rooms and rental properties across the country. This of course is on top of the rapidly rising domestic demand as the countries economy continues to exceed expectations.