Turkish Airlines route prediction: One down, 30 to go… services to Constanta to launch in June

Turkish Airlines to launch flights from Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Turkey to Constanta Airport

Our gamble proved right: This week Turkish Airlines has confirmed its plans to start thrice weekly A319 operations to the Black Sea port of Constanta in Romania — with its famous casino — from 07 June.

Four weeks ago, revealed to its readers Turkish Airlines’ route shopping list for the next 12 months. This week we have been able to cross off the first of the 30 or so routes that we suggested were going to be launched in 2013 – namely its freshly announced thrice-weekly A319 service to Constanta in Romania. The route perfectly fits its model of operating to underserved regional points with a need to connect via an effective hub to the world.

According to Innovata January 2013 data there are currently no flights between this city pair with any other competing airline. This new 378 kilometre route will become the airline’s second route into Romania, adding to the thrice daily operations it already flies to Bucharest, flown predominantly by its 737-800 aircraft.

We look forward to hearing more Turkish Airlines’ announcements soon as the airline continues its seemingly insatiable network growth. is committed to bringing you all the relevant network development stories before they hit the mainstream press – giving you the chance to react to the news first. Stay tuned folks!

STOP PRESS!! Another two of our 30 previously disclosed Turkish routes, namely Libreville and Colombo, will start operations on 31 January and 1 February respectively. Flown thrice weekly as an extension of its existing Douala service; the route to the capital of Gabon will be operated by 737-900. In a similar manner, the new Colombo routing will operate via Malé  (a route which had only started in November 2012) five times weekly with an A330.


  1. Unfortunately, TK had announced the route to Constanța/CND will not start due to the delay of the delivery of aircraft to their fleet. Might be the lack of demand/bookings, it would be interesting to see if they will operate this route in the future after all.

    It makes sense for TK to operate this route considering the cultural and economic ties Constanța and the Dobruja region have with Turkey (including a Turkish community), so they would have a good demand for both point-to-point and transfer flights.

    Also, CND will benefit from a 30 million euros investment in the apron, with works expected to start soon.

    Romanian air transport is growing in terms of passengers and infrastructure and I would like to see an article on your website covering this. Anyway, it’s a pleasure following Anna every week, keep up the good work!

  2. Marius Teodorescu says:

    Latest: The route will start on 7th of June, 2013! Available for booking.

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