Turkish Airlines adds its third Russian destination from its alternate Istanbul hub

Turkish delight, traditional music, giant boarding card and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen’s Commercial Aviation Director Asiyat Khasanova are the four critical elements in any route launch at the Turkish capital airport.

  • Turkish Airlines has added its third Russian destination from its secondary but fast-growing operation at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), with Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) becoming the latest pin in the network map. Started on 1 July, the four times weekly service joins Stavropol and Astrakhan in being served from Sabiha Gökçen. While the 737-800-operated route will face no direct competition, Aeroflot flies four times daily between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Istanbul Atatürk, while Pegasus Airlines flies thrice-weekly between Sabiha Gökçen and Moscow Domodedovo.


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