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Turkish Airlines expands Gatwick - Istanbul service

Turkish Airlines has launched its new daily Gatwick-Istanbul service. The award winning carrier operates the Airbus 321-200, which flies 195 passengers in a typical two-class cabin layout.

Istanbul, dubbed the ‘City of the World’s Desire,’ has an abundance of historic buildings, new art galleries and museums. Travellers can enjoy the city’s top sites such as TopkapiPalace and the Blue Mosque, do a spot of shopping in the Grand Bazaar or simply sit at a sidewalk café and sip Turkish tea.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “Turkish Airlines is an award winning carrier and we are excited that they have chosen to expand their London capacity here at Gatwick. Passengers will not only be able to enjoy the rich history of this magical city but also connect onto Turkish Airlines’ unrivalled connections in the Middle East and extensive network in Asia.

“We are competing with other airports in London and the South East in order to give passengers the greatest choice of destinations to fly to. We already offer a choice of over 200 destinations, which is more than any other airport in the UK. Turkish Airlines operate scheduled services to 148 global and 42 domestic destination and so, as of today, passengers will have even more travel options than they do already.”

Gatwick is competing to grow to become London’s airport of choice and has recently attracted AirAsia X, Vietnam Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Air China to the airport, and Lufthansa has recently launched double daily services to Frankfurt. Other airlines to choose Gatwick include airberlin and Norwegian Air Shuttle.