Hava Yolları; codes: TK, THY)
is an excellent, world-class international
airline with worldwide routes and
domestic connections to every important
It's a member of Star Alliance along with Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, United, US Airways, and other important companies.
has non-stop transatlantic flights between Istanbul and Houston, Los
York, Miami, Chicago,
Washington DC (and, in 2014, Boston); from
most major European and Asian, and
some African cities, to Istanbul.
aircraft fleet is relatively new and
its safety record is
good. Terminal and in-flight
service is generally of a high
European standard, security is
better than most, and everybody speaks
English. More on flights & fares.
other major European national airlines
France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Olympic,
SAS, etc) also have flights
as do Delta Air Lines and United from
Turkey, THY runs domestic flights
from its Istanbul hub
to every important city, town and
tourist resort in the country (map:
Regions & Major Cities)
including Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, İzmir and Kayseri (for Cappadocia). Its
low-fare domestic subsidiary, AnadoluJet, flies
to many more cities. Here's how to get the best fares on Turkish domestic flights.
Air, AtlasJet, Pegasus
Airlines, and Sun
Express, fly many of
the same routes for lower fares.
Unfortunately, Turkish Airlines has followed the lead of some of the newer airlines (such as Pegasus) in using bait-and-switch fare tactics: you will probably end up paying a much higher fare than the one you first see on the Turkish Airlines domestic website.
On 13 February 2013 I looked at online fares for a one-way flight from İzmir to Istanbul. The Promotional fare shown was TL51. But when I went to buy the ticket (also online), "Taxes & Airline Charges" added another TL33, and then there was a "Ticket-Buying Service Charge" of TL10! A fee for buying a ticket! (An e-ticket, at that!)
So the total fare I paid was TL94 (about US$53)—still a good fare, but 84% higher than the fare I was first quoted. This is bait-and-switch, plain and simple: advertising a price well below what you must actually pay to purchase the product or service.
Not only that, but the free baggage allowance for Promotional fares is only 15Kg (33 lbs), not the 20Kg (44 lbs) allowed on most Turkish Airlines domestic flights. Some passengers may not notice, and may be hit with an excess baggage charge when they check in for their flight.
Bait-and-switch or not, the best Turkish Airlines domestic fares are available on the Turkish Airlines domestic website. Select "Türkiye" as your country (and "English" as your language, if you wish.) Or you can more easily make your reservations via
any of my recommended
travel agencies in
Turkey. Please read this on how to get the best fares on Turkish domestic flights.
also the pages on Turkey's
Major Airports, Turkish
Airport/City Codes, and Airport