Edinburgh Airport today (Wednesday) announced Scotland’s first direct service to the iconic Turkish city Istanbul. The new service from Turkish Airlines will run 4 times a week from 16th July and will provide an excellent link for leisure and business travellers alike.
As well as creating a direct link between Scotland and Turkey, this route also offers connectivity to a range of global destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Delhi, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Narita and Osaka.
Istanbul is one of the world’s leading cities and a destination that the Route Development Team at Edinburgh Airport has worked long and hard to add to Edinburgh’s portfolio.
Jim O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, said: “This is a significant development for Edinburgh Airport and the wider city. Our European traffic has driven much of our growth in the past year and Istanbul is a destination we’ve been working hard to get.
“Connectivity guides everything we do and this new route is doubly exciting because of the onward connection possibilities Istanbul offers.
“We’re committed to continuing to play our role in the Scottish economy by linking the Capital to as many destinations as we can. As we face increased taxation and growth constraints in England, it is crucial that we secure further direct routes across Europe and beyond.”
Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines Faruk Cizmecioglu said: “We are very happy to start flying from Edinburgh to more than 200 destinations around the world as from 16th July 2012.
“Turkish Airlines were awarded the Best Airline of Europe by Skytrax in 2011. Following on from this prestigious title we are proud to announce our exciting new link with Edinburgh Airport. As part of our commitment to expansion throughout the UK, Edinburgh will increase our UK portfolio to six airports.
“Our priority is the comfort of our passengers. We have the best in-flight Economy Class meals for which Turkish Airlines has also won an award, ensuring our passengers a relaxing long haul journey to destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Delhi, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Dubai and beyond.”