Turkish Airlines and its subsidiary Anadolujet are now offering regular flights to London’s Heathrow and Stansted airports.
Both flights started today (June 11), with Turkish Airlines operating daily flights between Heathrow and Istanbul airport, and Anadolujet offering a new route between Stansted and Sabiha Gokcen (also daily).
The Turkish Airlines flights depart Istanbul airport at 0820, arriving into Heathrow at 1025, with the return leg leaving London at 1250 and landing back into Istanbul at 1840.
Meanwhile the Anadolujet services depart Sabiha Gokcen at 0840, arriving into Stansted at 1050, with the return leg leaving London at 1215 and landing back into Istanbul at 1805.
For those readers unfamiliar with Anadolujet, the carrier operates a fleet of B737-800 aircraft, mainly serving Turkish regional destinations as well as a handful of routes to Northern Cyprus, Iraq, Italy and the UK.
The Stansted route is new for Anadolujet, and Turkish Airlines said that the subsidiary is set to expand its international network this year, offering a total of 26 destinations in 16 countries. Business Traveller contacted the carrier today, which confirmed that these will be routes newly added by Anadolujet, rather than services currently being operated by Turkish Airlines.
Commenting on the news Celal Baykal , Turkish Airlines’ general manager in London said:
“After [the] Covid-19 Pandemic, our first flight from London to Istanbul will be realised by Anadolujet on Thursday, June 11. As a result of our meticulous work with national and international health authorities, we are ready for our flights with healthier and safer standards!”
Earlier this month Turkish Airlines published new health and safety guidelines in the light of Covid-19, including contactless check-in and boarding, temperature checks and PPE for crew, and a hygiene kit being provided for passengers.