Turkish Airline launches direct flights between Cape Town and Istanbul

2015-10-27 10:43
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Cape Town - Turkish Airlines has officially launched direct flights between Cape Town and Istanbul.

The daily flights were launched due to an increase in demand for direct travel between Cape Town and Istanbul, Turkish Airlines said at the official launch on Monday, 26 October.

Travellers wanting to explore the Turkish Basilica Cistern, the Hagia Sophia or the Grand Bazaar are now able to catch a flight seven times a week from South Africa or Turkey.


Istanbul to Cape Town -  Flight TK 044

Departure: 01:15

Arrival: 12:50

Cape Town to Istanbul -  Flight TK 045

Departure: 18:00

Arrival: 05:00

 
Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance and has a fleet of over 260 aircrafts. They currently has the fourth largest flight network with 276 destinations in 110 countries. The airline’s Africa network includes 43 destinations and now Cape Town is included. 

The Airline recently announced that its Durban / Istanbul flight route via Johannesburg will be launched in November this year.

READ: Turkish Airlines to fly Durban/Istanbul before mid-November

Last night Turkish Airlines, together with FNB, hosted a launch event for the direct flights in Cape Town’s tallest building. Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille, welcomed the new route saying it links two of the most beautiful cities in the world and opens the easier access to the two sunny destinations.

Kenan Ince, General Manager of Turkish Airlines’ Cape Town branch explains that Cape Town is a growing first class destination for travellers. While Johannesburg may be the corporate hub, Cape Town continues to attract international travellers. 

South Africans wanting to escape to Turkey can do so without hassle as visas to the country is free. You can find the e-visa online or receive it upon your arrival in Turkey. 

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