Turkish Airlines launches two new routes to Tehran next week as it continues to expand in Iran. As of 17 March 2021, the airline will connect Tehran with the Turkish capital Ankara, and Izmir, with flights operated by the subsidiary AnadoluJet. Turkish Airlines has previously operated scheduled flights between Tehran and Ankara from 2008 until around 2012.
AnadoluJet has increased its presence in Iran by going from zero to four routes this year. The first service, the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Tehran route, was transferred from Turkish Airlines in January 2021. On 11 March 2021, AnadoluJet launched new flights between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Urmia, the first non-Tehran route operated by the subsidiary airline.
|Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Tehran||15 January 2021|
|Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Urmia||11 March 2021|
|Ankara-Tehran||17 March 2021|
|Izmir-Tehran||17 March 2021|
In total, Turkish Airlines will go from six to nine routes serving seven Iranian destinations, when comparing last week to next week. The routes are from Tehran to Istanbul Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Ankara, and Izmir; from Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz, and Isfahan to Istanbul Airport; and from Urmia to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen.
This marks a record figure of four Turkish Airlines routes from Tehran. The air traffic between Iran and Turkey resumed relatively recently, after almost a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, but it is now Iran’s busiest foreign destination. Up to eight Iranian and Turkish carriers operate daily flights between Iran and Turkey, mostly between Tehran and Istanbul.
|Flight number||Route||Departure time||Arrival time||Frequency||Effective|
|TK7880||Ankara-Tehran||00:55||04:55||2-4 weekly||17 March|
|TK7881||Tehran-Ankara||05:50||07:05||2-4 weekly||17 March|
|TK7726||Izmir-Tehran||23:40||04:10||2-6 weekly||17 March|
|TK7727||Tehran-Izmir||05:05||07:05||2-6 weekly||18 March|
The new Tehran routes to Ankara and Izmir will be operated on a scheduled basis, currently scheduled until 30 October 2021. The routes’ frequencies and flight times will shift occasionally due to the seasonal demand and time zones, therefore the table below provides an overview rather than precise details. The flight times will differ +/- one hour in March and from September onwards. The frequencies tend to gradually increase as of the launch date.
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