Turkish Airlines has announced that starting from 29th March 2015 it will be providing a double daily service from Dublin to Istanbul.
Murat Balandi, General Manager – Ireland, Turkish Airlines, said: “Dublin Airport facilitated 21.7 million passengers in 2014 and is serving 161 direct destinations worldwide. Over the past three years in Dublin on average we increased our flight capacity by 30% each year. We have had consistent growth in the Irish market, which is directly related to the niche destinations that we fly to within our 267 destinations globally.
“In 2014, we saw our passenger numbers increase by 21% from January to December, compared to the same period in 2013. Istanbul as a destination for long weekend breaks is becoming more popular and we have seen great growth in our leisure market to South Africa and Thailand, as well as in the corporate market to the Middle East and Far Asia.
“Turkish Airlines will be increasing its service from Dublin to Istanbul by an additional two flights per week from 29th March 2015, leading to a total of 14 flights per week. The new flights will bring the service from Dublin to double daily, which will improve domestic and international connections for our Irish passengers.
“Turkish Airlines continues to achieve great success, and is one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe. For the fourth consecutive year, we were chosen as the ‘Best Airline in Europe’ at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline awards. Turkish Airlines currently flies to 109 countries – which is more than any other airline across the globe.”
“We are delighted that Turkish Airlines has decided to go double daily on its Istanbul route,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director. “The airline has gone from strength to strength since it started flying from Dublin to Istanbul almost 10 years ago. This increase in frequency by Turkish Airlines will see improved connectivity between the two cities, giving leisure and business passengers increased flexibility for travel on to the airline’s extensive network from Istanbul.”