Turkish Airlines is preparing to launch the eagerly anticipated flights between Istanbul and Australia as early as March 2024. After the federal government gave its immediate approval for a total of 21 weekly flights.
The most recent version of the government’s Register of Available Capacity for Australian International Airlines states that an amendment to the air services agreements between Australia and Turkey on December 13, 2023, tripled the previous allotment of up to seven weekly flights between the two nations, over air turkish airlines request for fourteen weekly flights.
The deal also makes it possible to sell a single leg of a stopover route, like Turkish Airlines’ proposed Singapore stopover, from Istanbul to Singapore or Sydney to Singapore. This is because it allows “designated airline(s) to exercise fifth freedom traffic rights at two(2) intermediate points of choice in South Asia, South East Asia, and/or the Middle East.”
The airline briefly advertised a new flight, TK154, which would leave Istanbul at 4.30 p.m. and arrive in Singapore at 7.50 a.m. the next day. However, the return leg of the flight, designated TK155, would not depart Singapore’s Changi Airport until 4.10 a.m. the following day.