Turkish Airlines has launched a new seasonal UK route under its low-cost AnadoluJet subsidiary.

The carrier is now offering three flights per week between London Stansted and Ankara, operating on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

There are few nonstop flights between the UK and Turkey’s capital, which is situated around 260 miles east of Istanbul. Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines also offers a year-round service between Stansted and Ankara.

It brings AnadoluJet’s Stansted network to three routes, the other being Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport (which launched in 2020), and a seasonal service to the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya.

For those readers unfamiliar with Anadolujet, the carrier operates a fleet of mainly B737-800 aircraft in an all-economy layout – last year the airline also took delivery of a number of A320 neo Family and Boeing B737 Max aircraft, which had originally been destined for Russian carrier S7 Airlines.

AnadoluJet serves around 40 Turkish regional destinations as well as European cities including Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Budapest, Milan, Rome, Barcelona and Zurich.

Earlier this year Turkish Airlines announced plans to establish AnadoluJet as a separate subsidiary, reaching a fleet of 200 aircraft by 2033, compared to around 70 today.

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Commenting on the news, Turkish Airlines chief commercial officer Kerem Sarp, said:

“With the launch of Ankara-London flights, we are delighted to establish a new air bridge between the two countries. We are diligently working to meet our guests’ expectations with our expanding flight network and competitive pricing policy under the privilege of AnadoluJet. I firmly believe that we will continue to crown these efforts with our successes.”

turkishairlines.com, anadolujet.com