Turkish Airlines to do double daily to Istanbul from summer 2019

Turkish Airlines has announced double daily services between Birmingham and Istanbul for summer 2019.

In response to the growing passenger traffic, Turkish Airlines is planning to launch the second daily flight on the popular route as of March 31, 2019, bringing the airline to a twice daily service. Tickets for flights are available to be booked at www.turkishairlines.com.

The first daily service will leave Birmingham Airport at 10.40, arriving in Istanbul at 16.35 local time, with the second flight departing at 17.00 from Birmingham Airport and arriving in Istanbul at 22.55 local time. The flights will be operated by a 737-800.

Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great to see that Turkish Airlines will commence the double daily flights for Summer 2019. Responding to the increased demand for passengers flying to Istanbul from Birmingham Airport means the airline is listening and reacting to the needs of the customer, creating more flexibility for passengers travelling on the popular route.’

Mr Omer Faruk Alier, General Manager – Birmingham, Turkish Airlines, added: ‘We are pleased to announce that due to the popularity of the route we will be adding extra two flights per week, making a total of 14 flights each week from Birmingham to our hub in Istanbul and beyond from summer 2019. Turkish Airlines, a multi award winning carrier who flies to more countries than any other airline, will be offering customers better connections from Istanbul to over 300 destinations across the globe. What’s more, thanks to our ever-expanding network, with hundreds of flights departing Istanbul each day, we offer transfer times to suit all travellers.’

‘We look forward to welcoming even more people from across Birmingham and the surrounding regions onboard our planes and giving everyone a further opportunity to widen their world with Turkish Airlines through this increase.’

Turkish Airlines launches double daily flights from Birmingham

Turkish Airlines has commenced its double daily services between Birmingham and Istanbul, increasing the volume of seats on sale from the Midlands, and providing 289 onward global connections from Istanbul.

Paul Kehoe, chief executive, Birmingham Airport, said, ‘I congratulate the Turkish Airlines team on doing a great job here in the region and increasing passenger numbers year-on-year, and for further committing to Birmingham Airport and the wider region.’

‘Turkish Airlines is an award winning carrier and long-standing partner of ours which has gone from strength to strength serving hundreds of thousands of passengers from our catchment. The Turkish Airlines in-flight product is first class and extremely popular with its customers, which is demonstrated by more and more people choosing to experience the service, reliability and affordability it offers from Birmingham and beyond.’

Selim Ozturk, General Manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines, said, ‘Birmingham Airport is a hugely successful base for us and we have grown significantly over the past eight years. This double daily announcement gives passengers even more choice and with 289 onward destinations via Istanbul throughout the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, Birmingham Airport really is the gateway to the world with our award winning airline.’

Turkish Airline has registered significant growth since it started operating from Birmingham Airport with five services a week to Istanbul in December 2008. By increasing its frequency every year, the airline has now reached 14 flights weekly.

Meanwhile, Birmingham Airport has registered record breaking growth in passenger numbers in the past 14 consecutive months. In total, 872,833 passengers were handled at the airport in April 2016, up by 13.2 percent compared to the same month last year when the last record April was set. Long-haul routes experienced the greatest rise in demand, with 41.2 percent passenger growth compared to April 2015. Meanwhile, short-haul routes saw a 9.7 percent growth rate year-on-year, the airline said recently.

Turkish Airlines, Emirates increase services at Birmingham Airport

Turkish Airlines has announced plans to increase services between Birmingham and Istanbul from ten flights a week to twelve from March 29, 2015, offering more domestic and international connections to passengers from the Midlands.

Selim Ozturk, General Manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines said, ‘Outside of London, Birmingham is the UK’s third largest airport, handling more than 9.5 million passengers a year and serving 140 direct destinations worldwide. Over the summer months, these numbers are expected to soar as residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas embark on their summer vacations.

‘In 2014, we saw our passenger numbers increase by 8% from January to December, compared to the same period in 2013. As Istanbul is a hot destination for long weekend breaks and extended summer holidays, Turkish Airlines will be increasing its weekly flight services from Birmingham to Istanbul to twelve per week from March. The new flights will provide additional domestic and international connections to our passengers travelling from Birmingham.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, added, ‘Turkish Airlines’ Birmingham operation has gone from strength to strength because it has listened to the market and given customers what they want.

We are therefore very proud to have Turkish Airlines operating from Birmingham and delighted that it is further committing to the region by increasing frequencies to Istanbul and beyond.’

Separately, UAE-based Emirates has announced a third daily service from Birmingham Airport to Dubai, becoming the first airline to offer a direct First Class service to the region.

Starting from Saturday August 1, 2015, Emirates flight EK41 will depart Dubai International Airport at 0235hrs and arrive in Birmingham at 0705hrs. The outbound flight EK42 will depart Birmingham Airport at 0910hrs and arrive in Dubai at 1910hrs. The additional service adds seven more inbound flights a week to Dubai for Birmingham, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by 50 percent.

Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations West, said: ‘Dubai has proven to be an increasingly strong market for leisure and business travellers residing in the West Midlands. The additional daily flight to Dubai from Birmingham will give our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans, departing from their local airport. Customers can experience the ease of flying to Dubai and connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ extensive network such as East Asia.

As part of our continued commitment, we’re excited to become the first airline offering First Class to the region.’


Autogrill to start cooking in Istanbul and Dubai

Autogrill, a provider of food & beverage and retail services for travellers, has announced that it will launch operations in Dubai and Istanbul through its HMSHost International division.

The company is to offer its range of fine dining at Istanbul and Dubai airports. Once the operations are launched, HMSHost International will have 13 points of sale at Istanbul airport in Turkey. The move is expected to generate overall revenue of more than €100m in the 2012 to 2022 period. The company will also open four points of sale at Dubai airport in the United Arab Emirates. That operation is expected to generate total revenue of around €25m over a period of five years.

The company renewed its F&B/retail concessions contracts at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in May, for 10 years. That operation is expected to generate sales of at least $1.2bn over its 10-year duration.

In a statement, the company said, ‘In just a few years Turkey was transformed into one of the emerging markets best equipped to compete globally and one of the strongest regions, with an increasingly important role as a link between East and West. GDP is expected to reach an annual average growth rate of around 7 percent in the period 2011-2017. The fastest growing sectors include infrastructure, which will expand the country’s national and international transport capacity.’

HMSHost International recently opened two restaurants at Dubai Airport, and is to open two more by the end of the year.

Autogrill mainly operates in airports, motorway service areas and railway stations, and has a selective presence in high street shopping centres, trade fairs, museums and other cultural facilities. It operates in 35 countries.

The Top Five Short Breaks from London

Cox & Kings, a UK-based travel company, has listed top five European cities for short breaks from London.

Berlin, Germany

Since the World Wars, the city of Berlin has played an important role in shaping the history of Europe. The present city is a lively tourists hotspot, offering various attractions including the tree-lined boulevard of Unter den Linden, the century-old, Hackescher Markt station, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag parliament building.

A four-night stay in Berlin costs around £625 per person.

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg city is replete with buildings that reflect Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, interwoven with numerous waterways. It offers many visitor attractions including one of the world’s largest museums, the State Hermitage museum, which hosts a large collection of oriental, Russian and western European art.

A three-night stay in St Petersburg costs around £455 per person.

Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish city of Istanbul is said to offer a blend of Asian and European charm. Tourist attractions include the Blue Mosque, the Ottoman sultans’ Topkapi Palace, and the former Orthodox basilica, Hagia Sophia. Turkish baths or Hamams are also a popular spa experience.

A three-night stay in Istanbul costs around £455 per person.

Venice, Italy

Venice is the city of palazzos, piazzas, courtyards and marbled churches, which throughout history have drawn tourists from far and wide. An experience that is not to be missed is a cruise on a gondolier along the city’s many canals.

A four-night stay in Venice costs around £345 per person.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest offers travellers cafes, restaurants, boutiques and spas. Places to see include the Buda Castle quarter, a UNESCO world heritage site that is around 700 years old, Andrassy Avenue, one of the city’s boulevards, and the Central Market Hall.

A three-night stay in Budapest costs around £345 per person.