Turkish launches Birmingham flights

6 Aug 2008 by Mark Caswell

Star Alliance newcomer
Turkish Airlines has announced it will launch flights from Birmingham
International Airport to Istanbul this winter.

The carrier will
ply the route five-times weekly from December 15, with Boeing 737-800 aircraft
configured for 20 business class seats and 135 in economy.

Flights depart
Birmingham at 1130 on Monday and Thursday, and 1315 on Tuesday, Friday and
Sunday, arriving into Istanbul at 1725 and 1910 respectively. The return leg
leaves Istanbul at 0820 on Monday and Thursday and 1005 on Tuesday, Friday and
Sunday, arriving back into the UK at 1030 and 1215.

The direct
flights will be a first for travellers based in the Midlands – current options
would involve connecting in London or via European hubs with the likes of Air France-KLM or

Turkish Airlines
joined Star Alliance this April (see online news April 1). For more information

Report by Mark

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