Melbourne Airport prepares to welcome Turkish Airlines

A Turkish Airlines 787 approaches to land.
Dylan T, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Turkish Airlines confirmed that it has chosen the Victorian capital to launch its first ever flights to Australia.

Flight services are set to commence in March, with a stopover service via Singapore planned initially.

Turkish Delight in Melbourne


Türkiye’s national flag carrier has officially declared Melbourne as its gateway to Australia, marking a historic milestone.

The airline plans to initiate operations with a thrice-weekly service commencing 16 March via Singapore, operated by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The intention is clear – increase frequency over time and eventually introduce direct flights between Istanbul and Melbourne with the arrival of new aircraft.

Distinguished as the airline with the broadest global reach, Turkish Airlines currently connects more countries than any other carrier, spanning Europe to Africa and beyond.

Melbourne, Australia’s largest city, is now poised to welcome this global giant, notably making Turkish Airlines the sole European carrier to grace Melbourne Airport.

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Melbourne Airport signage.
Photo Credit: Melbourne Airport

Istanbul’s Unique Position


Istanbul, a city straddling two continents, is not just an ancient trading post; it has evolved into a key transit hub.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation, Jim Parashos, expresses enthusiasm over the seamless connections Turkish Airlines will provide Australians, not only to Türkiye but to destinations beyond.

The arrival of Turkish Airlines signifies a new era of possibilities for travelers seeking world-class hospitality.

A Turkish Airlines jet above clouds.
Photo Credit: Turkish Airlines

Melbourne: A Perfect Gateway


Jim Parashos underlines Melbourne’s allure as the inaugural Australian destination for Turkish Airlines. He attributes this choice to the Victorian capital city’s distinction as the home of Australia’s largest Turkish community and its prominent status in food, sports, and culture.

The flights, facilitated by the eased bilateral air services agreement between Australia and Türkiye, further solidify Melbourne Airport’s recovery as an international travel hub.

The inagural flight from Istanbul touches down on Saturday, March 16th. The initial schedule features flights from Melbourne on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, eventually transitioning to Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Turkish Airlines is gearing up to grace Victorian skies, marking a new chapter in the city’s aviation history.

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