Turkish Airlines is separating its flights between Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi from September 11, 2019 meaning passengers will have more options for non-stop flights between Istanbul and both Vietnamese cities.
The carrier currently operates a triangular routing between the three cities that has it fly Istanbul-Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi-Istanbul, or Istanbul-Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Istanbul on different days, meaning travellers are likely to have to stopover in one of the cities on either their inbound or outbound flight.
Starting next year, however, these flights will be split into two separate non-stop services that will operate as Istanbul-Ho Chi Minh City-Istanbul, and Istanbul-Hanoi-Istanbul.
The schedule for the two flights will be relatively similar to each other.
Istanbul-Ho Chi Minh City
|TK162||Istanbul (IST)||Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)||0225||1710||Daily|
|TK163||Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)||Istanbul (IST)||2130||0435+1||Daily|
|TK164||Istanbul (IST)||Hanoi (HAN)||0225||1605||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat|
|TK165||Hanoi (HAN)||Istanbul (IST)||2200||0435+1||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat|
Turkish Airlines currently flies its Airbus A330-300 aircraft between Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, though it is unclear whether this will continue to be the case for the routes when they split next September.
The aircraft offers two classes – business and economy – with 28 seats in the former laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration.
These seats are similar to those used by the airline on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which Business Traveller recently reviewed flying from Hong Kong to Istanbul.
Economy class, meanwhile, is configured 2-4-2 across two cabins.
Istanbul is set to welcome a new airport, appropriately named Istanbul Yeni Havalimani (“Istanbul New Airport”), on October 29 this year.