Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Turkish Airlines have announced an agreement to expand their codeshare ties, covering destinations beyond their respective hubs in Singapore and Istanbul.
The Star Alliance partners have been codesharing since February 2009 on flights between Singapore and Istanbul. SIA currently operates four weekly services on the Singapore-Istanbul route while Turkish Airlines operates seven weekly flights.
On a seasonal basis, SIA will now increase flight operations between Singapore and Istanbul to six times per week in order to meet growing demand on this route.
SIA will add its “SQ” code to Turkish Airlines-operated flights beyond Istanbul. International destinations will include Budapest, Lisbon and Luxembourg, as well as major cities in USA.
The Turkish carrier will place its “TK” code on SIA-operated flights beyond Singapore to destinations in South East Asia, and Southwest Pacific.
“TK will be adding its code to our flights beyond Singapore to our five online points in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney), our two online points in New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch) as well as to Brunei and Hanoi,” a SIA spokesperson said to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.
Subject to regulatory approval, the new agreement is expected to take effect from May 1, while SIA’s increase in flight frequency on the Singapore-Istanbul route will commence on May 26.