Turkish Airlines Plans Dozens of New Routes from Istanbul

Turkish Airlines Plans Multiple New Routes from Istanbul
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Turkish Airlines is planning to launch dozens of new routes around the world from its hub in Istanbul, as per documentation seen on their Roadshow Presentation.

In this document, the carrier went into detail about what performance is looking like as well as what the future will look like moving forward.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Turkish Airlines Has Launched A Lot of Routes in the Last 2 Years…

Turkish Airlines Plans Multiple New Routes from Istanbul
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With Turkish Airlines ranking #1 in the world by international destinations, they currently offer options for up to 516 different locations from its hub in Istanbul.

Over the last two years, they have launched operations to the following destinations globally:

  • Americas:
    • Seattle
    • Newark
    • Dallas
    • Vancouver
  • Europe:
    • Palermo
    • Bergamo
    • Krakow
    • Tivat
    • Rize-Artvin
  • Middle East:
    • Kirkuk
    • Urmia
  • Africa:
    • Juba
    • Luanda
    • Lusaka
  • Far East & Asia:
    • Cebu
    • Bukhara
    • Turkistan
    • Fergana
    • Urgench
    • Aktau
    • Turkmenbashi


Numerous More New Routes to be Launched from It’s Istanbul Hub…

Turkish Airlines Plans Multiple New Routes from Istanbul
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However, also in that document, they have labeled the following future routes that they intend on launching from Istanbul.

In the Americas, this consists of Detroit, Denver, Orlando, Lima, Santiago & Rio de Janeiro.

For Europe, this consists of Bergen, Glasgow, Iasi, Katowice, Nantes, Newcastle, Timisoara, Bayburt & Yozgat.

As for the Middle East, Turkish Airlines plans to launch services to Abha and Salalah.

Going into Africa, this is also significant with planned new services to Aswan, Brazzaville, Hargeisa, Lome, Monrovia, Port Sudan and Windhoek.

Finally, for the Far East & Asia, there are the planned services of Sydney & Melbourne, which is already well-documented, as well as plans to head to Phnom Penh, Atyrau & Osaka.

Capitalising on Existing Success?

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From this perspective, it remains clear that Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines is capitalising very well on existing successes on routes observed from the last 12-24 months.

The airline surpassed pre-COVID levels by 24% in August 2023, and even turned over a significant $1bn profit in 2021, which was right in the middle of the destruction that the airline industry was facing during the pandemic.

Across their 516 destination options, this also amounts to 42,600 different connection options that can be leveraged by customers who fly with the carrier, which is quite a significant feat in itself.

With a grand total of 429 aircraft currently, there is also the expectation that in 10 years time, Turkish Airlines of Istanbul will have over 800 aircraft, although these plans have been somewhat delayed so far.

Looking ahead, the route does appear to be up and up only for the airline, with the expectation that they will finish this year on around 85m passengers, as well as 170m passengers by 2033.

All eyes will be on them to see how much further they can take this, and what level of success will be experienced between now and 2033.

The ball is most definitely in their court, that’s for sure.

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