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2 May 2013
Turkish Airlines has expanded its services from London Gatwick to Istanbul, with Turkey’s national carrier now offering flights to both of Istanbul’s airports. Offering passengers increased choice of when to fly and providing further onward connections, the new flights to Sabiha Gökçen airport will fly three times a week and then daily from 1 June 2013.
Turkish Airlines already operates a daily service between London Gatwick and Atatürk airport – Istanbul’s’ major hub – which offers connections to the airline’s extensive global network particularly in the Middle East and Asia. The new routes to Sabiha Gökçen airport will enable passengers to connect to a wider variety of domestic destinations in eastern Turkey and also offer Turkish travellers more choice of flights to London.
As a key destination for business travel, Turkey has one of the most dynamic and attractive markets in the world with trade between the UK and Turkey increasing by almost 40% since 2009.* Turkey is cited as one of the world’s eight most dynamic ‘growth markets’ according to research by Goldman Sachs. Gatwick will serve four of these eight markets by the end of 2013. Alongside Turkey, services are available to China and Russia and the UK’s first direct flights to Indonesia will commence later this year.
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, London Gatwick commented: “Turkey is an incredibly important market for both business and leisure travellers so we are delighted that Turkish Airlines will now offer more direct services from Gatwick.
“Istanbul is a key destination thanks to its status as one of the world’s most dynamic cities for business but also because it offers excellent onward connections to the Middle East and Asia in particular. These extra flights will offer greater choice and flexibility for those wanting to reach Istanbul and beyond.”
Osman Battal, Director for Turkish Airlines at London Gatwick, said: “Gatwick is an important airport in the London region and this increasing capacity will meet current and future demands in the area – flying to Sabiha Gökçen offers new and exciting opportunities.
“The extra flights offer even more choice that ever thanks to our growing network from Istanbul, which now spans across 98 countries, providing 221 destinations worldwide for the region’s business and leisure traveller.”
Turkish Airlines new services to Sabiha Gökçen will fly three times a week from 3 May and then daily from 1 June.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management adopted the term ‘growth markets’ to describe how they view some of the world’s most dynamic economics. Eight countries satisfy this criteria: Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, Korea, Turkey and Indonesia. For further details see: http://www.ivci.com.tr/Uploads/GoldmanSachsTurkeyBRIC.pdfAbout Turkish Airlines
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 217 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 222 cities around the world, comprised of 36 domestic and 186 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011”. Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the Flying Chef service on-board.
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