On 5 June, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport celebrated the inaugural flight of Turkish Airlines to Berlin Tegel with a cake cutting ceremony at the gate. This airport pair will be operated daily, using the airline’s 737-800s.
Two days earlier, the Star Alliance member was greeted with another special ceremony (including a cake and ribbon cutting), this time at Montreal Airport, for the inaugural flight from Istanbul Atatürk.
- Turkish Airlines, which in the previous week added a new destination in Bulgaria, continued to expand its network with the addition of two new routes during the course of last week. On 3 June, the Star Alliance member launched thrice-weekly operations from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Montreal (YUL), using its 289-seat A330-300s. Two days later, on 5 June, the airline inaugurated the 1,775-kilometre sector from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Berlin Tegel (TXL), which will be served daily utilising its 150-seat 737-800s. While the sector to Canada is already served by Air Transat with weekly flights, Turkish will face competition on the new route to Germany from germanwings’ twice-weekly services.