Turkish Airlines has said that it will increase flight frequencies to Istanbul from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE.

At present, Turkish Airlines has three daily flights from Dubai International (DXB) to Istanbul (IST) airport which will increase to four daily flights starting October 2022, together with three weekly flights to the Sabiha Gokcen airport (SAW) operated by Anadolujet. Flight TK765 will depart from DXB at 4pm, and flight TK764 will depart from Istanbul at 8.15am.

The airline’s daily flights from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Istanbul airport will increase to ten weekly flights starting October 2022. Flight TK867 will depart from AUH at 7.55am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight TK866 will depart from Istanbul at 1.20am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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As for Sharjah, the carrier will relaunch flights to that emirate in the UAE on October 3, 2022 with three weekly flights. Currently Anadolujet flies to Sharjah from Sabiha Gokcen airport with four weekly flights. Flight TK755 will depart from Sharjah airport at 7.40am bound for Istanbul airport on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays while flight TK754 will depart from Istanbul airport to Sharjah at 1.15am on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

With these added frequencies, the total number of its weekly flights from the UAE will increase to 48.

The airline said that the decision to ramp up its connectivity to the UAE is “in response to growing customer demand” and “the easing of international travel protocols”. Turkish Airlines also recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary of flying to the UAE.

From its Istanbul hub, the carrier connects travellers to 340 destinations worldwide including 287 international and 53 domestic routes.