World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Airlines is to add four extra flights a week to Istanbul from Manchester Airport in the U.K. as a result of “greater demand for international travel and growth in passenger numbers,” the national air carrier has revealed.
The four extra flights, from what is the U.K.’s third-biggest airport in terms of passenger numbers, will be available from 25 May 2015, followed by an extra three flights per week from 22 June – creating a total of three flights to Turkey’s largest city every day.
Turkish Airlines’ general manager for Manchester, Ersen Engin, said that in 2014 they saw their passenger numbers increase by 18 percent from January to August, compared to the same period in 2013, describing Istanbul as “a hot destination for long weekend breaks and extended summer holidays.”
The new flights are scheduled to depart Manchester at 23:45 GMT, designed to give additional connections to Eastern Europe, parts of the Middle East and key destinations within Turkey.
“Travellers using the new TK1492 flight will be able to reach some cities before noon, giving the chance to enjoy breakfast in a different country," Engin added.
Underscoring that Manchester Airport serves more than 20 million passengers a year to reach more than 200 destinations worldwide, Engin said: "Over the summer months, these numbers are expected to soar as residents of Manchester and surrounding areas embark on their summer vacations.
Turkish Airlines continues to achieve great success, and is one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe. Turkish Airlines currently fly to 108 countries - which is more than any other airline across the globe," he added.