Turkish Airlines inaugurates Palermo service

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 on the runway.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, has commenced flights to the Italian city of Palermo. Palermo is the capital of Sicily, and with this, Turkish Airlines is now serving nine Italian destinations.

Within these nine destinations to Italy, Turkish Airlines operates to the cities of Rome, Milan, Bari, Catania, Naples, Venice, Bologna, and now Palermo.

The new service commences just days after the airline officially announced it had carried its one-billionth passenger since the airline was founded and commenced operations in 1933.

Newest route

With this newest route officially opened, Turkish Airlines will operate out of Istanbul (IST) to the Palermo Int’l Airport (PMO) four times per week, with services running Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with its fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft,

On the ninth Italian destination, Turkish Airlines CEO, Bilal Ekşi, said the following: “We are glad to add Palermo to our extensive flight network as our 344th worldwide and 9th Italian destination.”

“As we strengthen our bonds with Italy with the new route, our guests from Palermo will be able to enjoy the unparalleled flight network of our flag carrier on their travels while our guests from all around the world will have the chance to experience Palermo’s wonders with Turkish Airlines privilege.”

The flights are available with a special launch price offered by the company, starting at just USD 259. The price includes all taxes for round-trip fares.



Regarding the flights, the timetable is as follows, with all times being LMT;

TK 137305/05/202327/10/2023Monday-FridayİSTANBUL03:4506:20PALERMO
TK 137405/05/202327/10/2023Monday-FridayPALERMO07:2009:55İSTANBUL
TK 137507/05/202325/10/2023Wednesday-SundayİSTANBUL13:4516:20PALERMO
TK 137607/05/202325/10/2023Wednesday-SundayPALERMO17:2019:55İSTANBUL
Source: Turkish Airlines

Passenger number one-billion

New routes aside, Turkish Airlines recently also celebrated a milestone goal, as the airline officially carried its one billionth passenger from Istanbul Airport to Adıyaman Airport. The carrier, which has been in operation for 90 years, projects that it will carry its two billionth passenger in 2031.

Turkish Airlines welcomed its one billionth passenger, Mustafa Balci, at Istanbul Airport with a special ceremony and gifted him one million miles.

About being the one billionth passenger with his ticket to Adiyaman, Mustafa Balci said, “It is a great honor for me to be the one billionth passenger of Turkish Airlines and to be rewarded with a special gift for it. This experience will be an unforgettable memory for me.”

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated, “Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933, carried its one billionth passenger today. We are filled with great pride and happiness for carrying our one billionth passenger.”

“Our brand, which has reached one billion passengers in 90 years, aims to reach its two billionth passenger in 2031, 8 years from now.”

“I would like to thank all our passengers who have shared this joy with us and all my colleagues who have contributed to this success,” he concluded.

Since its launch 90 years ago, Turkish Airlines have not only evolved on the passenger front, but also fleet-wise.

Starting with just five aircraft in 1933, the carrier is today known for its excellent customer service and modern fleet of aircraft, which includes the A350 XWB, Boeing 777-300ER and 787 Dreamliners, and the new Airbus A321neo.

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