Turkish Airlines plans to launch a new route between Tabriz and Izmir, operated by its AnadoluJet trademark. The route will be the latest addition to Turkish Airlines’ Iranian route network since the pandemic. In March 2021, Turkish Airlines launched two new AnadoluJet-operated services from Ankara and Izmir to Tehran, which prompted a response from Pegasus Airlines, as well as between Istanbul and Urmia. Urmia became Turkish Airlines’ sixth destination in Iran and the first to be exclusively served by AnadoluJet. Turkish Airlines decided to shift many of the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen routes to AnadoluJet last year, resulting in Tehran being served by the airline since January 2021. Turkish Airlines still handles flights between Istanbul Airport and Tehran, as well as Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, and Isfahan.
The new route between Izmir and Tabriz becomes Turkish Airlines’ second route from Tabriz, which is also connected to Istanbul since 2012. It furthermore marks the first Iranian destination, besides Tehran, to be served by two scheduled Turkish Airlines routes. The flight schedule is as follows:
|Flight number||Route||Departure time||Arrival time||Frequency||Effective|
|TK7778||Izmir-Tabriz||23:25||03:30||Thursdays||3 June 2021|
|TK7779||Tabriz-Izmir||04:25||05:35||Fridays||4 June 2021|
Reservation is currently open until the end of the Summer season in October 2021.
AnadoluJet is now responsible for a noticeable share of Turkish Airlines’ operations, but mainly due to the new route establishments and not transferred services from Turkish Airlines. So far in 2021, AnadoluJet has marked its presence in Iran by launching these new routes:
|Ankara-Tehran||17 March 2021||2-4 weekly|
|Izmir-Tehran||17 March 2021||2-6 weekly|
|Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Urmia||11 March 2021||2 weekly|
|Izmir-Tabriz||3 June 2021||1 weekly|
But it was also handed over the following service from Turkish Airlines:
|Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Tehran||15 January 2021||7 weekly|
Subsequently, AnadoluJet has gone from zero to 14-20 weekly flights (depending on the month), added one new destination and four routes within the first half of 2021.
Photo: Anna Zvereva