On 16 March, Turkish Airlines started flights to its 302nd destination, as it began flights to Samarkland in Uzbekistan, becoming the second destination in the country after the capital city Tashkent, which is now served daily. The carrier’s first flights to Uzbekistan began in 1992.
Three days later, Turkish Airlines inaugurated services to Aqaba in Jordan, which adds to the Star Alliance carrier’s existing operations to Amman. Flights leave its Istanbul Ataturk hub at 22:00 and arrive in Jordan at 23:50. The return sector leaves Aqaba at 00:45 and lands back in Turkey at 04:20.
- Turkish Airlines has used the last seven days to add two further spokes to its vast Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub. On 16 March, the Star Alliance carrier started twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) flights to Samarkland (SKD), its second destination in Uzbekistan. On the new service, the Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi said: “We have launched flights to Samarkand, one of the most important cities of our civilisation, and on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Passengers will be able to fly to Samarkand from 121 countries, through direct flights that we launched.” The 3,211-kilometre sector will face direct competition from Uzbekistan Airways, which flies the city pair on a twice-weekly basis. Three days later, Turkish Airlines began three times weekly operations to its second city in Jordan, with flights to Aqaba (AQJ). No other carrier flies this route. Both services will operated by the airline’s 737-800 fleet.