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Turkish boosts Cape Town route
Turkish Airlines will dedicate direct daily flights to Cape Town from Istanbul, effective October 30. Currently, the airline flies daily to the Mother City via Durban and Johannesburg.
“Last year we operated our first Cape Town to Istanbul direct seasonal flight and it was a great success,” says Kenan Ince, Cape Town GM of Turkish Airlines. “However, because of fleet constraints and availability, it made better sense to operate the flights from Cape Town via Johannesburg and Durban.”
The airline is to receive 30 new aircraft this year and will be deploying an Airbus 330 on its non-stop flight from the Mother City to Istanbul. The aircraft will have 261 seats in economy and 28 in business class.
“This will increase our seat capacity on the route by almost 50%,” says Kenan, adding that the increase in seat volume is likely to see a decrease in fares on the route.
Flight TK44 will depart Istanbul at 01h40 to arrive in Cape Town at 11h55; return flight TK45 will depart Cape Town at 18h00 to arrive in Istanbul at 04h50 the next day.
As a result of the direct Cape Town route, flights from Durban to Istanbul, operating via Johannesburg, will increase from four to five flights a week, effective October 31.
Flight TK 43 will depart Durban on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 16h50 to arrive in Johannesburg at 18h10, departing at 19h25 to arrive in Istanbul at 05h10 the next day. Return flight TK 42 will depart Istanbul on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 19h55 to arrive in Johannesburg at 05h55 the next day departing at 07h10 to arrive in Durban at 08h25.