Turkish Airlines Istanbul to Xi’an
Dignitaries and the Turkish Airlines crew welcome the inaugural Istanbul to Xi’an flight. Istanbul Airport has an opportunity to move up the order with its ideal geography between East and West, without the capacity limitations faced by Ataturk (*2019 traffic aggregate old + new IST).
- Turkish Airlines closed off 2019 with the launch of flights between Istanbul and Xi’an on December 30. This is the first new mainland Chinese route for Turkish Airlines in over eight years. Istanbul is only the 11th largest connecting market for Europe – China traffic, with Beijing Capital top, followed by Moscow Sheremetyevo. Currently, the UK is the biggest single market in Europe from China, with 1.1 million passengers in the year to November 2019. However, only half of these were non-stop, with 567,000 indirect passengers. Turkish Airlines will tap into this market, with Istanbul Airport already established as a very powerful East-West hub.