Four weeks ago, anna.aero 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. anna.aero 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.