Turkish Airlines has reinstated flights to Osaka International airport from Istanbul airport.

Starting 12 December, the airline began operating four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

The route is serviced by the carrier’s widebody Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

TK86 departs Istanbul from 2.35am and lands in Osaka at 8.05pm.

TK87 meanwhile leaves Istanbul at 10.25pm and arrives back in Istanbul at 5.55am.

“Reinstating our flights to Osaka not only strengthens the presence of Turkish Airlines in the Asia Pacific region but also demonstrates our dedication to connecting people and cultures around the world. We continue to offer the highest quality service while enabling our passengers to explore the world with our extensive and far-reaching flight network,” said Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee, Ahmet Bolat

In further developments related to its network expansion, Turkish Airlines recently announced plans to operate 18 weekly flights between Birmingham and Istanbul next summer.

This winter the carrier is maintaining a twice-daily service between the two cities and the airline said that “forecasts of even greater demand next year” have led it to add a further four weekly flights from June 2024.

Similarly Turkish wants to serve 170 million passengers per year by 2033, compared to the forecast 85 million in 2023, with a network of more than 400 destinations.