Turkish Airlines has filled plans to launch a 2 weekly service from Turkey’s seventh most populous city, Konya, to the Iranian capital Tehran.
Beginning on 30th May 2016, the route will be operative on every Monday and Saturday until 29th October 2016. Whether this is a seasonal service or will continue after the aforementioned date is not mentioned by the airline.
Flight TK834 is as per schedule, planned to leave Konya at 09:40 and arrive in Tehran at 13:50, then afterwards return to Konya one hour later as TK835 to touch down in Konya at 16:25 local time.
From 24th September 2016, the flight will arrive and leave Tehran one hour later due to Iranian daylight saving period ending.
Konya is a popular destination for Iranians during the holidays with Turkish Airlines previously operating this route during seasonal times.
Lately, Turkish Airlines has created new flight combinations from Europe to Iran, with focus especially on Tehran. As of the Summer 2016, Turkish Airlines is set to fly one additonal daily flight from Stockholm and Copenhagen to the secondary Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The two Scandinavian capitals have show a great demand for travel to Tehran, hence Turkish Airlines planning the new services with smooth connections via Sabiha Gökçen to to Tehran easing the burden of Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Furhtermore as previously reported on Aviation Iran, the airline plans to increase the number of flights from Istanbul to Tehran from 6 to 9 daily flights, and to the other Iranian destinations with an unkown number of flighta.
Yesterday Turkish Airlines’ chief marketing officer told Reuters that they aim to compensate the declining passenger numbers by cause of the bomb attacks, and the worsened relation with Russia. He pointed out Iran as one of the future markets, and added that they are putting the capacity to Iran as far up as they can. The goal is to increase the capacity to Iran by 15% in comparison to last year’s.
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