Turkish Airlines brings Melbourne closer to the UK

Turkish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Turkish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on August 23, 2019 from Wolfe Air Aviation Learket 25B.

Turkish Airlines already flies to more countries than any other airline but has now added Melbourne, Australia to its network and with connections from several British airports it makes a great option for those travelling to Australia from the UK.

Utilising the amazing iGA Istanbul Airport as a stopping point UK passengers can now fly to Melbourne from Birmingham (BHX/EGBB), Manchester (MAN/EGCC), Edinburgh (EDI/EGPH), London Gatwick (LGW/EGKK), London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL), Luton (LTN/EGSS) and Stansted (STN/EGSS).

Centred around a modern terminal hub, transferring at iGA Istanbul Airport is a simple process and for those that are there a little longer, the food and shopping options make it an ideal place to while away the time.

iGA Istanbul Airport (Image: Nick Harding / UK Aviation Media)
iGA Istanbul Airport (Image: Nick Harding / UK Aviation Media)

Melbourne is Turkish Airline’s 346th destination from Istanbul and is the only European airline to fly to the Australian city.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee,said: “Today is an important day for us. We have realised our goal of reaching the continent of Australia, which we have been successfully working on for a while, with the confirmed flight date. 

“We have a significant global value that distinguishes us from our competitors as we are the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world. Maintaining this valuable mission is a very strong motivation that drives us to work harder, more devotedly, and with more enthusiasm. 

Melbourne city skyline
Melbourne city skyline

“With this motivation, we are excited to add Melbourne as our 346th destination to our flight network. Australia, with its natural beauty and hospitable people, becomes the 130th country and sixth continent under our wings. 

“We are delighted to meet Australians with Turkish Airlines’ award-winning service quality and unique flight network. In the coming years, we plan to strengthen our presence in this beautiful country by increasing both the frequency of our flights and the number of our destinations. Also, as we bring the Turkish and Australian people closer and strengthen the bonds between our countries, we aim to increase bilateral tourism, trade, and business opportunities.”

Flights to Melbourne commence on the 15th of March 2024 via Singapore with the aim of direct flights launching as Turkish Airline’s new long-haul fleet comes online over the next few years.

About Nick Harding 1883 Articles
Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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