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Turkish Airlines is now incorporating Melbourne, Australia, into its flight network

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Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER photographed on 6 April 2015 from Wolfe Air Aviation Learjet 25B by Chad Slattery.

To date, the flag carrier, which has reached 129 countries and 345 destinations across 5 continents, is preparing to connect its passengers to the 6th continent with the start of flights to Australia.

Turkish Airlines is strengthening this performance by adding Australia, a destination of considerable interest and long on its agenda, to its flight network.

The flag carrier, which will schedule 3 flights a week to Melbourne, its 346th destination in 130 countries starting from 15 March 2024, will thus contribute to the tourism and trade volumes of both countries by carrying thousands of visitors on the Istanbul-Melbourne route every year. With the flights relayed via Singapore, Turkish Airlines will also have the distinction of being the only European airline to currently operate flights to Melbourne Airport.

Winter schedule details for Melbourne/Australia flights;

Flight No Start Date End Date Flight Days Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Arrival
TK168 15 March 2024 29 March 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Friday IST 17:30 08:50 +1 SIN
TK168 16 March 2024 30 March 2024 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday SIN 10:20 20:40 MEL
TK169 16 March 2024 30 March 2024 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday MEL 22:30 03:00+1 SIN
TK169 17 March 2024 31 April 2024 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday SIN 04:30 11:15 IST

 

Summer schedule details for Melbourne/Australia flights; 

Flight No Start Date End Date Flight Days Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Arrival
TK168 31 March 2024 25 October 2024 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday IST 17:00 08:45 +1 SIN
TK168 1 April 2024 6 April 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday SIN 10:15 20:40 MEL
TK168 8 April 2024 5 October 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday SIN 10:15 19:40 MEL
TK168 7 October 2024 26 October 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday SIN 10:15 20:40 MEL
TK169 1 April 2024 6 April 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday MEL 22:20 02:50+1 SIN
TK169 8 April 2024 5 October 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday MEL 21:20 02:50+1 SIN
TK169 7 October 2024 26 October 2024 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday MEL 22:20 02:50+1 SIN
TK169 2 April 2024 27 October 2024 Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday SIN 04:30 10:40 IST

*Due to the daylight-saving in Australia, there is a time variance.

Commenting on the finalization of the launch date Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat said: “Today is an important day for us. We have realized our goal of reaching the continent of Australia, which we have been successfully working on for a while, with the confirmed flight date.

 We have a significant global value that distinguishes us from our competitors as we are the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world. Maintaining this valuable mission is a very strong motivation that drives us to work harder, more devotedly, and with more enthusiasm. With this motivation, we are excited to add Melbourne as our 346th destination to our flight network. Australia, with its natural beauty and hospitable people, becomes the 130th country and 6th continent under our wings.

 We are delighted to meet Australians with Turkish Airlines’ award-winning service quality and unique flight network. In the coming years, we plan to strengthen our presence in this beautiful country by increasing both the frequency of our flights and the number of our destinations. Also, as we bring the Turkish and Australian people closer and strengthen the bonds between our countries, we aim to increase bilateral tourism, trade, and business opportunities.”

Supported by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport, the new route will connect Türkiye with Australia’s largest Turkish community and one of largest trading centers of Victoria, fastest-growing state of the country.

Additionally, Turkish Airlines’ new flights will increase Melbourne’s access to the European, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and African markets via İstanbul, contributing to tourism, international education, business, and trade potential.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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