Turkish Airlines (THY) have embarked in providing direct daily flights between the popular resort city of Antalya to four English airports as well as one Scottish.
When did the service begin?
January 2019 saw the first direct flights commence and the airline reported that the event was celebrated by awarding free round-trip tickets for two lucky passengers on the first direct flight. The airline also confirmed that direct daily flights will now continue to operate throughout the year up until October 26th.
Why has Antalya been chosen?
Celal Baykal, Turkish Airlines Genera Manager who is based in London said, “with a combination of stunning scenery, excellent weather and world class golf courses to offer, it’s easy to understand why Antalya is such a popular destination for thousands of British holidaymakers each year.”
Which airports will be operating direct flights?
Currently Turkish Airlines are offering direct flights from Antalya to four UK airports: Manchester, Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Gatwick. There will also be direct flights to Edinburgh in Scotland.
Tourist figures in Antalya
In 2018, Turkey was host to 46 million tourists which was an increase of 18% in comparison to the year before. Istanbul received 13.4 million travellers with Antalya the second most popular visited city, welcoming 12.4 million visitors in total.
Turkish airlines was founded in 1933, and currently flies to over 300 destinations in more than 120 countries, with the numbers being made up from 257 international and 49 domestic flights. In the first two months of this year alone, Turkish airlines have carried 10.85 million people according to statistics. In this period the number of passengers were up by 0.4%, which has been seen year-on-year.
Turkish Airlines Passenger Numbers
Last year Turkish Airlines set a target to carry 74 million passengers, which they exceeded by 1.2 million passengers come the end of the year. In 2018, the number of passengers who flew with Turkish Airlines was up by 10% year-on-year. This year the airline has set their target, and this is to fly 80 million passengers, with this split into 33 million domestic passengers and 47 million passengers on international flights.
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
Whilst there has been some negative press surrounding certain areas of Turkey, the yearly Travel Trend Report produced by ABTA has revealed that package holiday bookings to Turkey are up by 68% this year. The Turkish economy depends on tourism and a huge number of people in Turkey rely on tourists to make a living. It is fair to say that the security of tourists is a top priority for the Turkish government, and they continue to welcome tourists safely with ever increasing numbers.
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