Published on March 18th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


New Turkish Airlines Route to Dublin

In some positive news for the aviation sector, Turkish Airlines is to operate a new route to Dublin for the summer 2021 season. The new route will connect Antalya directly with Dublin three times per week. The flight will be operated by a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 in a two class layout on a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight time will be around 5 hours. The flight will depart from Antalya at 12.25, with a 15.25 arrival into Dublin, the return flight will depart Dublin an hour later and arrive back in Antalya at 23.10.

This new service is due to start on 20th June and run until 12th October and will complement the Turkish Airlines service from Istanbul to Dublin which has gradually increased frequency in recent weeks. With the addition of a Tuesday service next week, Turkish Airlines will be back to a daily service on the route which has seen them increase capacity by operating the larger Airbus A330 on the route three times per week. This is also complemented by the once-weekly Boeing 777 cargo-only flight.

Turkish Airlines has seen the largest number of flights operated by any European airline in recent weeks with 643 flights operating daily on the week up to 8th March. Although this was 48% lower than the number of flights operated in the same week of 2019, it is considerably higher than the number of flights operated on a daily basis by other major European airlines. Air France (358), KLM (243), Lufthansa (231), SAS (165) and British Airways (105). Turkey as a nation is currently ranked third with the number of arriving/departing flights over a two week period recently with France and Germany ahead but these have major cargo hubs for Fed Ex and DHL which would account for a large volume of their traffic.

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