Turkish Airlines gets going for Gatwick from Ankara

Turkish Airlines Ankara to London Gatwick

Turkish Airlines Ankara

Turkish Airlines launched a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service between Ankara and London Gatwick on 9 January. Pictured at the launch ceremony in the UK are Celal Baykal, GM London, Turkish Airlines, and Guy Stephenson, CCO, London Gatwick. This becomes the airline’s fourth route to Gatwick, with a fifth starting in April.

  • Turkish Airlines launched a new capital connection between Turkey and the UK on 9 January, the day in which the Star Alliance member began a twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) service from Ankara (ESB) to London Gatwick (LGW). The airline also launched flights from Ankara to Rome Fiumicino on 7 January.  “Gatwick is delighted to further strengthen the airport’s short-haul connections and welcome this brand new route to Ankara,” commented Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, London Gatwick Airport. “This new route to the Turkish capital brings the number of capital cities served from the airport to 48, part of the extensive 228 destinations in 74 countries already flown to from Gatwick.” No other airline currently operates the 2,821-kilometre sector, although indirect competition is provided by SunExpress which offers a weekly summer seasonal service between the Turkish capital and London Luton. Ankara is the fourth destination to be served non-stop by Turkish Airlines from Gatwick. The airline currently operates year-round services to Istanbul’s Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports, while last year it launched a summer seasonal service from Bodrum to the UK capital airport. The carrier will add a fifth route to Gatwick from 4 April when it adds a twice-weekly service to Antalya to its schedules. Along with this route launch, Turkish Airlines has also introduced nine additional services from Istanbul New Airport (ISL) this week as it steadily begins to transfer hub operations to the new facility from the current Atatürk site. However it should be noted that these routes are still being flown from the latter airport at this time as well. A breakdown of all routes launched by Turkish Airlines this week is shown in the following table.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
09-Jan Ankara (ESB) London Gatwick (LGW) B738 (2)  
10-Jan Istanbul New Airport (ISL) Ashgabat (ASB) B738 (4)  
Diyarbakir (DIY) A320 (3)  
Frankfurt (FRA) B738 (7)  
Hatay (HTY) B738 (3)  
Munich (MUC) B738 (5)  
Paris CDG (CDG) A321 (7)  
Tbilisi (TBS)  
11-Jan Kuwait City (KWI) B738 (4)  
Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) B738 (5)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 15 January 2019. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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