Turkish Airlines launched a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between the capitals of Turkey and Georgia on 18 January, with the Star Alliance member now linking Ankara with Tbilisi. Posing with the cake at the launch at the Georgian capital airport are Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Turkish Ambassador to Georgia, and Giorgi Janjgava, Georgian Ambassador to Turkey. The route will be operated by 737-800s, with no other airline linking the two capitals.
- Turkish Airlines launched its latest international route from Ankara (ESB) on 18 January, with the Star Alliance member launching a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service to Tbilisi (TBS), with this becoming the only non-stop service between the capitals of Turkey and Georgia. The carrier will operate the 1,019-kilometre route using its 737-800s, with flights leaving Ankara at 00:30, arriving in Tbilisi at 03:15 local time. Return services will depart Georgia at 04:15, touching back down in Turkey at 05:15. Ankara becomes Turkish Airlines’ fourth route to Tbilisi, with the airline already linking it to Istanbul’s Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports, while Tbilisi was one of the first destinations to be flown by the hub carrier from the new Istanbul Airport. Other routes recently launched by Turkish Airlines from Ankara include Rome Fiumicino and London Gatwick.