by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
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 Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los
Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New
York, Toronto, Washington DC; 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.
The best Turkish Airlines domestic fares are available on the Turkish Airlines website. Select "Türkiye" as your country (and "English" as your language, if you wish.) After you select a flight and a fare, you will be shown a screen that will add a "Ticket-buying Service Fee" of about 13% to the fare you first saw. It's a strange addition: they're charging you to buy a ticket, something you'd think they'd want to encourage. It would be better if they just called it a "Service Fee."
You can also 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
—by Tom Brosnahan