Turkish Airlines is adding Melbourne, Australia, to its flight network making it the airline’s 346th global destination and 130th country served.
The flag carrier which will schedule three flights a week to Melbourne from March 15, 2024, via Singapore.
The airline says the Istanbul-Melbourne route will contribute to the tourism and trade volumes of both countries by carrying thousands of visitors every year.
Turkish Airlines will also have the benefit of being the only European airline to currently operate flights to Melbourne Airport.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, chairman of the board and the executive committee of Turkish Airlines, said: “Today is an important day for us. We have realised our goal of reaching the continent of Australia, which we have been successfully working on for a while, with the confirmed flight date.
“We have a significant global value that distinguishes us from our competitors as we are the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world.
“Maintaining this valuable mission is a very strong motivation that drives us to work harder, more devotedly, and with more enthusiasm.”
Supported by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport, the new route will connect Turkey with Victoria, one of Australia’s largest trading centres and fastest-growing states, home to Australia’s largest Turkish community.
Turkish Airlines’ new flights will also increase Melbourne’s access to the European, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and African markets via Istanbul, contributing to tourism, international education, business, and trade potential.
Turkish Airlines says that within the next few years it aims to operate direct flights to Melbourne and other potential cities in the country with the acquisition of new aircraft capable of operating non-stop flights between Istanbul and Melbourne.
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