Turkish Airlines Increases Flights To The US And Mexico

Turkish Airlines is ramping up for the busier northern hemisphere spring and summer travel season with increased services to several North American destinations. Cities seeing increased frequencies include Chicago, San Francisco, Mexico City, and Cancun. Here is what the airline has planned…

Turkish Airlines Increases Flights To The US And Mexico
The airline recently added the 787-9 to its fleet. Photo: Getty Images

Below are all of the increased services alongside the existing flights. All times are local mean time (LMT) unless otherwise stated. According to Wikipedia, ISO 8601 assigns numbers to the days of the week, running from 1 to 7 for Monday through to Sunday. Therefore, if a service is listed as 1, 4, and 6, it means that the flight will take place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Chicago service increase

The airline’s service from Istanbul to Chicago O’Hare will be increased from 7 flights to 10 flights per week as of May 7, 2020. The new flights will be TK185/186 and will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

FLIGHT START DAYS DEPART ARRIVE
TK 005 29/03/2020 1234567 IST 14:15 17:40 ORD
TK 006 28/03/2020 1234567 ORD 21:35 16:15 IST
TK 185 07/05/2020 1..4.6. IST 16:30 19:55 ORD
TK 186 07/05/2020 1..4.6. ORD 23:05 17:50 IST
Turkish Airlines 777-300
Turkish Airline’s Chicago services currently use the Boeing 777-300ER. Photo: Lord of the Wings© / Wikimedia Commons

San Francisco service increase

Service from Istanbul to San Francisco will also be increased from 7 flights to 10 flights per week – but only as of June 7, 2020. The new flights will be TK189/190 and will operate on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

FLIGHT START END DAYS DEPART ARRIVE
TK 079 29/03/2020 24/10/2020 1234567 IST 13:10 16:30 SFO
TK 080 28/03/2020 28/03/2020 …..6. SFO 19:15 18:15 IST
TK 080 29/03/2020 23/10/2020 1234567 SFO 18:10 17:15 IST
TK 189 07/06/2020 04/10/2020 ..3.5.7 IST 09:55 13:15 SFO
TK 190 07/06/2020 04/10/2020 ..3.5.7 SFO 14:45 13:50 IST
Turkish Airlines Increases Flights To The US And Mexico
The TK79/80 service between Istanbul and San Francisco currently operates with a Boeing 777-300ER. Photo: Turkish Airlines

Mexico City and Cancun service increase

And finally, there will be increased service between Istanbul and Mexico City (MEX) as well as Cancun (CUN). Cancun will be an additional hop after Mexico City. Due to the fact that no passengers can book a flight between MEX and CUN, this is not a true fifth-freedom service. In fact, this type of service would be more often called a triangle route.

The flights to the Mexican cities will increase from 3 flights to 4 flights per week as of June 08, 2020. The additional service will operate on Mondays from Istanbul and cross over into Tuesday when it arrives in Mexico City.

FLT NBR START END DAYS DEP ARR
TK 181 29/03/2020 03/04/2020 ..3.5.7 IST 21:20 2:35 MEX
TK 181 30/03/2020 06/06/2020 1..4.6. CUN 08:40 4:40 IST
TK 181 30/03/2020 04/04/2020 1..4.6. MEX 03:55 7:10 CUN
TK 181 05/04/2020 07/06/2020 ..3.5.7 IST 21:20 3:35 MEX
TK 181 06/04/2020 06/06/2020 1..4.6. MEX 04:55 7:10 CUN
TK 181 08/06/2020 23/10/2020 1.3.5.7 IST 21:20 3:35 MEX
TK 181 08/06/2020 24/10/2020 12.4.6. CUN 08:40 4:40 IST
TK 181 08/06/2020 24/10/2020 12.4.6. MEX 04:55 7:10 CUN
Turkish Airlines Increases Flights To The US And Mexico
TK181 uses a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Getty Images

Reduced service elsewhere

While these new services should be exciting for those with vacation plans in the upcoming months, there are also service reductions in other parts of the Turkish schedule. Their website states:

“As the airline that always puts the travel security at the forefront, we are closely monitoring the latest developments about the coronavirus with the national and international authorities and take appropriate precautions.”

In order to prevent the spread and limit the effects of the coronavirus, the airline has made several readjustments to its flight operations for China and Iran. This is what is listed on its website:

China flights: All our Mainland China flights are suspended until 29 February 2020*.

Iran flights: Apart from the Tehran flights, all operations to/from destinations in Iran are cancelled until 10 March 2020. Cities include Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tabriz.

*As the news was released on 28 February, this is likely an error on the website. We’ve sent the airline an email requesting clarification.

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