Turkish Airlines commenced flights to Samara on 11 April, the Star Alliance member’s 10th destination in Russia. To celebrate the launch a cake cutting ceremony was held, while a press conference was conducted by: Ahmet Olmushtur, CMO Turkish Airlines; Constantine Bylinin, Executive Director, Samara Airport; and Mikhail Maltsev, Head of Samara Region Tourism Department. Turkish Airlines will serve Samara with three weekly flights.
- Turkish Airlines has now added Samara (KUF) to its extensive international network, with the Star Alliance member beginning three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) flights from Istanbul Atatürk (IST). Inaugurated on 11 April, the Turkish flag carrier will serve the 2,115-kilometre sector on its 737-800s according to OAG schedules, with Atlasglobal providing the direct competition with its twice-weekly operation. Onur Air is set to become the third carrier to connect the two airports in May. With this launch, Turkish now serves 10 cities in Russia with 62 weekly flights, with Samara joining Ekaterinurg, Kazan, Moscow Vnokovo, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Stavropol, Ufa and Voronezh on the carrier’s route map. Samara was Russia’s 12th busiest airport in 2016 handling 2.1 million passengers, a drop of 5% compared with 2015. Other European flag carriers to serve the airport are Aeroflot, Czech Airlines and Finnair. See how Samara Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.