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…
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.
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.
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.
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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