Turkish Airlines begins operations to Abidjan, Marrakech and Sharjah

Turkish Airlines launched operations between Istanbul and Sharjah on 4 April, with the latter airport holding a cake cutting ceremony for the new route. The 3,034-kilometre route will face no direct competition. Sharjah is one of three new destinations that the carrier has added in recent days, with the other two being Abidjan and Marrakech.

  • Turkish Airlines has become the latest carrier to mark its presence in Sharjah (SHJ) by launching a six times weekly route from Istanbul (IST) which launched on 4 April. According to OAG Schedule Analyser data the route has no direct competition, while the airline will operate the 3,034-kilometre sector utilising A321s which seat 180 passengers. The new route is significant as it marks Turkish Airlines’ third connection and growing presence in the UAE, with other routes including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The expansion and redevelopment of the new Istanbul Airport has enabled Turkish Airlines to unveil two further routes from Istanbul, namely Marrakech (RAK) and Abidjan (ABJ). In addition to these routes, the airline recently launched their Bodrum (BJV) to Kiev Boryspil (KBP) route, while Antalya (AYT) and Ankara (ESB) also gained new international services.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
04-Apr Istanbul (IST) Abidjan (ABJ) B739 (3)  
Sharjah (SHJ) A321 (6)  
05-Apr Antalya (AYT) Beirut (BEY) B738 (4) Pegasus Airlines (4)
06-Apr Ankara (ESB) Baghdad (BGW) B738 (7) Iraqi Airways (7), Fly Baghdad (5)
Bodrum (BJV) Kiev Boryspil (KBP) B738 (1)  
15-Apr Istanbul (IST) Marrakech (RAK) EQV (5)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 16 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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