EasyJet will launch flights from Manchester to Istanbul on June 9, with a twice-weekly service operating year-round.

This marks the first time the low-cost carrier is operating to Istanbul airport in Turkey, and complements its existing services from Manchester to Antalya and Dalaman.

One-way fares start from £51.99 and flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays.

The new route brings the airline’s short-haul network to 156 destinations.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager said:

“We are delighted to be adding the brand new destination of Istanbul to easyJet’s network. The new route from our Manchester base to this iconic city further expands the choice we can offer our customers from the North-West for both flights and package holidays, and promises to offer travellers a vibrant and culturally rich destination to explore, as well as providing greater connectivity to the city to support inbound tourism and business travel alike.

“While this region has thankfully not been affected by the recent tragic earthquakes, we continue to collect donations onboard our flights for UNICEF’s emergency appeal. We would like to thank all of our customers who have already donated for their kindness and generosity in raising over £400,000, which will help UNICEF and their volunteers to continue providing a vital lifeline in the region for the children and families who have been affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.”

Chris Woodroofe, managing director at Manchester airport, added:

“This new service is great news for travellers. EasyJet has already announced that it will be basing an additional aircraft here at Manchester this summer, and the expansion of its route network demonstrates the strength of demand for leisure travel in our region, in spite of cost-of-living pressures.”

EasyJet currently serves 19 airports in the UK, offering over 464 routes to 135 destinations.

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