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Turkish Airlines Launching Flights to Melbourne in March 2024


Turkish Airlines (THY) is set to embark on a new chapter in its global expansion by introducing flights to Australia, making it the sixth continent in its expansive flight network.

The airline, already reaching 129 countries and 345 destinations across five continents, is preparing to connect its passengers to Australia, strengthening its position as a leading global carrier.

THY’s flight network growth is a cornerstone of its strategic expansion. The airline’s recent announcement to include Australia in its route network underscores its commitment to this strategy. THY’s Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, expressed his delight about launching flights to Melbourne, marking a significant milestone in the airline’s history.

For some time, THY has been meticulously preparing the groundwork for reaching the Australian continent. The finalization of the flight date to Melbourne is a realization of these long-term efforts. Prof. Dr. Bolat emphasized THY’s unique global value that sets it apart from competitors: being the airline that flies to the most countries worldwide. This prestigious mission drives the THY team to work with greater dedication and enthusiasm. Adding Melbourne as the 346th destination in their flight network is a testament to this motivation, expanding THY’s reach to the 130th country and the sixth continent.

Bolat highlighted the significance of this new route for both countries. As an airline that has proudly connected people, cultures, and continents for over 90 years, Turkish Airlines is thrilled to offer its award-winning service quality and unique flight network to Australians. The upcoming years will see an increase in the frequency of flights and the number of destinations, enhancing THY’s presence in this beautiful country. Bolat also anticipates that strengthening ties between Turkey and Australia will boost bilateral tourism, trade, and business opportunities.

The Melbourne flights, scheduled to commence on March 15, will be operated thrice weekly with a stopover in Singapore. This new route, supported by Victoria State and Melbourne Airport, will position Turkish Airlines as the only European airline offering flights to Melbourne Airport via Singapore. These flights will contribute significantly to the tourism and trade volumes between the two countries.

To celebrate the launch, Turkish Airlines is offering special promotional fares. With tickets available from January 19 to April 15, travel from Istanbul to Melbourne starts at 1199 USD, and from Melbourne to Istanbul at 1499 AUD for the period of March 15 to May 15.

The new route is expected to enhance Melbourne’s access to European, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and African markets through Istanbul. This connectivity will significantly boost tourism, international education, business, and trade potential. THY plans to acquire new aircraft within the next few years, allowing for direct, non-stop flights from Istanbul to Melbourne and potentially other cities in Australia.

Turkish Airlines’ expansion to Australia is more than just a new destination; it’s about connecting communities, enhancing business opportunities, and fostering cultural exchanges. With this bold move, THY continues to strengthen its position as a global aviation leader.

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