Turkish Airlines Makes First Touchdown in Melbourne

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 parked at Melbourne Airport.
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Turkish Airlines, the world’s most extensive network carrier, has officially landed in Melbourne, marking its first venture into the Australian continent.

This latest development expands the airline’s impressive network to 346 destinations across six continents. It further offers travelers even more options for global exploration.

Three weekly flights will now connect Melbourne, Australia’s most populous city, to Istanbul, the airline’s home hub.

This new route is poised to significantly contribute to trade and tourism between both countries.

Celebrating this momentous occasion, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, expressed his enthusiasm.

He highlighted the meticulous planning and infrastructure development that went into establishing this connection. The move symbolizes the successful bridging of Istanbul with a vibrant new continent.

Growing Presence in Asia-Pacific

The Melbourne route signifies Turkish Airlines’ growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. It underscores their commitment to connecting diverse cultures and communities worldwide.

Australia, with its stunning landscapes and welcoming people, becomes the 130th country to join their network, solidifying their presence across six continents.

Passengers can now experience Turkish Airlines’ unparalleled network and exceptional service quality, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.

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Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Jobs and Industry, emphasizes the significance of this development for Victoria’s large Turkish-born community, fostering easier connections and boosting tourism.

“Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Türkiye-born community, a big nod to our vibrant multicultural state,” she said.

Lorie Argus, Melbourne Airport CEO, welcomes the increased competition and wider travel options for both passengers and local businesses.

“Turkish Airlines has an extensive network and flies to more countries than any other airline so this new competitor in the Australian market is fantastic news for consumers,” said Argus.

Lorie Argus drew further attention to the fact that the sate has the largest Turkish population in Australia.

“We’ve worked closely with the Victorian State Government to bring Turkish Airlines to Melbourne, and we now look forward to seeing them growing their services over the coming years.”

Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President of Air Hub and Cargo Development at Changi Airport Group, congratulated Turkish Airlines. He further highlights the benefits for connecting passengers at Changi Airport.

“We are happy that Turkish Airlines chose Singapore Changi Airport as the stopover point between Istanbul and Australia,” said Lim Ching Kiat.

“Changi Airport is Europe’s most served Asian airport, as well as Australia’s busiest international gateway.”

Special introductory fares are currently available for travel between Istanbul and Melbourne.

Passengers can book their tickets from January 19 to April 15, 2024, for departures between March 1 and March 15, 2024.

About Turkish Airlines

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, the carrier is a member of Star Alliance member. Turkish Airlines current operates a fleet of 450 passenger and cargo aircraft.

The airline currently serves 346 worldwide destinations – 293 international and 53 domestics in 130 countries.

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