easyJet launches first flights to Istanbul from Manchester

easyJet has announced a new route to Istanbul in Turkey, which will take off this summer from Manchester.

This is the first time the UK-based airline will operate to the Istanbul Airport in Turkey’s largest city. Spanning two continents, and famously known as the city where East meets West, Istanbul boasts a rich history and offers travellers a variety experiences. The city joins other destinations such as Bodrum, Antalya, Dalaman and Izmir on easyJet’s Turkey network.

Starting from June 9, flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, providing a direct connection for customers from the North-West. Seats are on sale now at easyJet.com and via the mobile app, with fares from £51.99 one way, including taxes.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to be adding the brand new destination of Istanbul to easyJet’s network. The new route from our Manchester base to this iconic city further expands the choice we can offer our customers from the North-West for both flights and package holidays, and promises to offer travellers a vibrant and culturally rich destination to explore, as well as providing greater connectivity to the city to support inbound tourism and business travel alike.

‘While this region has thankfully not been affected by the recent tragic earthquakes, we continue to collect donations onboard our flights for UNICEF’s emergency appeal. We would like to thank all of our customers who have already donated for their kindness and generosity in raising over £400,000, which will help UNICEF and their volunteers to continue providing a vital lifeline in the region for the children and families who have been affected by the earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria.’

Alongside the new route, easyJet Holidays has also announced the sale of new package holidays to Istanbul. Holidaymakers can make the most of city break packages starting at £437 per person, including hotel, flights and 23kg luggage. easyJet Holidays offers 13 hotels to choose from, including the 5* CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul in the New City, the 5* Eresin hotels Topkapi in the Old City, and the 5* Wanda Vista Istanbul in Marmara.

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, added: ‘This new service is great news for travellers. easyJet has already announced that it will be basing an additional aircraft here at Manchester this summer, and the expansion of its route network demonstrates the strength of demand for leisure travel in our region, in spite of cost-of-living pressures.’