Turkish Airlines’ Impressive Ramp Up Of German Operations

Since Germany lifted the ban on the beach destinations of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast on August 4th, flag carrier Turkish Airlines doubled its efforts within the region. With services to 11 different German airports, many of them seeing multiple flights per day, Turkish Airlines has been working hard to accommodate the increase in demand.

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Turkish Airlines has undergone an impressive ramp up of services to Germany. Photo: Boeing

Germany reopens access to Turkey

On August 4th, the German government canceled a travel warning to Turkey’s Mediterranean Provinces thanks to the excellent work Turkey has done in controlling the coronavirus. The warning was lifted for Antalya, Aydin, Izmir and Muğla including the popular locations of Bodrum, Fethiye and Marmaris.

The German government said that this warning was able to be lifted because the Republic of Turkey had been “one of the most disciplined and successful countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Indeed, the early lockdown and rapid implementation of test and trace has led to an impressively low number of positive cases. Turkey itself lifted quarantine requirements for German visitors in early June, meaning Turkey is well and truly open for tourism.

To assure visitors of their safety, the Cultural Department of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin produced an in-depth FAQ under its “Safe Tourism” initiative. Turkish Airlines also worked with GoTurkey, their tourism board, to produce the below video aimed at getting Germans on holiday again.

The message is clear – Turkey is ready and waiting to accept guests. Beaches are
open (with social distancing in place), airports are temperature screening and
those with high temperatures are offered a free COVID PCR test. Turkish Airlines is
working hard to ensure that it accommodates the needs of those looking to go on
holiday in the remaining days of summer.

Turkish Airlines ramps up flights in response to the lifting of the ban

Since the ban was lifted at the start of the month, Turkish Airlines has announced an impressive schedule of flight resumptions. Indeed, three weeks ago, Turkish subsidiary Anadolu Jet restarted TK7809, its Munich-Ankara flight, and there are many more destinations restarting too.

Andolu Jet
Anadolu Jet started flying to Munich three weeks ago. Photo: Anadolu Jet

Turkish Airlines is currently flying to nine different German airports, connecting all parts of the nation with the Turkish holiday resorts. In detail, these are:

  • Cologne: Cologne Bonn Airport, 11 times per week in August and seven per week in September
  • Dusseldorf: Dusseldorf Rhein Ruhr International Airport, 14 times per week in August and September
  • Frankfurt: Frankfurt Airport, 14 times per week in both August and September
  • Hannover: Hannover Airport, 10 times per week in August ramping up to 14 times a week in September
  • Hamburg: Hamburg Fuhlsbuttel Airport, 14 times per week in both August and September
  • Munich: Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport, 14 times per week in both August and September
  • Nuremberg: Nuremberg Airport, five times per week in both August and September
  • Stuttgart: Stuttgart Airport, Turkish will fly 11 times a week in August and 10 a week in September
  • Berlin: Berlin Tegel Airport, a staggering 20 times per week in August, dropping to 14 times per week in September.
Turkish routes to Germany
Turkish Airlines has made it easy to connect from every corner of Germany. Image: GCMap

It’s encouraging to see Turkish Airlines diving into the German market with such confidence. The airline is clearly keen to get some of that summer holiday traffic before the season ends and arriving at major German airports multiple times per day will ensure they are a convenient choice for holidaymakers.

Coupled with the airline’s impressive commitment to safe and hygienic travel, we think Turkish could win in the German market this summer.