Turkish Airlines launched flights between its new mega-hub at Istanbul New Airport and London Gatwick on 4 February. The carrier will initially offer four weekly flights using 737-800s, before all operations are switched from Istanbul Atatürk in March. Gatwick becomes the first airport in the UK to be connected to the new airport.
- Turkish Airlines launched its newest route from Istanbul New Airport (ISL) on 4 February, with it beginning a four times weekly service to London Gatwick (LGW). The carrier will use its 737-800s on the 2,457-kilometre sector, with flights operating on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Gatwick becomes the fourth airport in Western Europe to be flown to by Turkish Airlines from its new mega-hub, with it already offering services to Frankfurt, Munich and Paris CDG. The carrier expects to have all of its operations switched from Istanbul Atatürk to the new airport in March, with it currently offering 16 daily departures from the new facility during the week commencing 6 February. With this launch, the carrier is operating four routes from Gatwick this winter, with it serving both of the other Istanbul airports, plus its recently launched service to Ankara. The carrier also offers a summer seasonal service to the UK airport from Bodrum, while a new route from Antalya will begin on 4 April, a link that will operate twice-weekly.