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Turkish Airlines offers arguably the most convenient connections to South African’s travelling to Europe. The airline runs a hub and spoke service out of their base in Istanbul. Istanbul is located close to continental Europe which means that connecting flights for South African’s are short. Turkish Airlines offers flights out of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Istanbul and Europe, Asia, North America and beyond..
Turkish airlines operates flights to over 280 destinations around the world. The airline services 110 countries, more than any other airline in the world. Turkish Airlines operates 14 return flights between South Africa and Istanbul a week. The airline operates a daily return flight between Istanbul and Cape Town, as well as between Istanbul and Johannesburg. The airline also operates 4 weekly return flights, via Johannesburg, between Istanbul and Durban.
Turkish Airlines flight 38 departs Istanbul at 01h25 and arrives at OR Tambo International in Johannesburg at 11h20. Turkish Airlines flight 42 flies at the same time, but it is operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while flight 38 is operated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Turkish Airlines flights 39 and 43 depart Johannesburg for Istanbul for the return journey at 19h25, arriving at 05h05 in Istanbul. Flight 39 is operated on the same days as flight 38, and flight 43 is operated on the same day as flight 42.
Turkish Airlines flight 44 is the airline’s flight from Istanbul to Cape Town, flight 45 is the return flight from Cape Town to Istanbul. Turkish Airlines flight 44 departs Istanbul for Cape Town International at 01h40, and arrives in Cape Town at 13h00. Turkish Airlines flight 45 departs Cape Town at 18h00 and arrives in Istanbul at 05h00. Turkish Airlines flights 44 and 45 are operated on every day of the week.
The Turkish Airlines flights between Istanbul and Durban are operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Turkish Airlines flight 42 is the flight from Istanbul to Durban, flight 43 is the return flight. Both flights stop at OR Tambo International either to pick up or drop off passengers. Travellers to or from Durban will be required to stay on board the aircraft for an hour while the Johannesburg passengers board or disembark respectively.
South African travellers can make Turkish Airlines flight bookings to all of the 280 destinations the airline flies to. The three most popular Qatar Airways flights from South Africa are Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Athens.
Turkish Airlines is Turkey’s national flag carrier airline. The airline is run from their headquarters at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. The vast majority of Turkish Airlines flights fly to and from their main hub in Istanbul. The airline employs 18,882 people who work together to ensure world class service on all Turkish Airlines flights.
Turkish Airlines, therefore, serves a total of 158 airports in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.The airline’s main hub is at Ataturk International Airport, with secondary hubs at Esenboga International Airport, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, and Adnan Menderes International Airport. In 2009 alone, Turkish Airlines carried 22.5 million passengers, making it the seventh biggest Europe airline in terms of passengers carried. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance.
Turkish Airlines uses an Airbus A340-300 on their Cape Town – Istanbul route, and an Airbus A330 on their Johannesburg – Istanbul route. The Airbus A340-300 can accommodate 34 passengers in business class and 236 in economy class. Turkish Airlines owns and operates one of the biggest fleets in the world. The airline has a total of 271 aircraft at their disposal at any given time.
Turkish Airlines has announced that they will be increasing their weekly service between Johannesburg and Istanbul from 7 to 10 flights a week. The new schedule will have daily flights departing OR Tambo at 18h45, arriving in Istanbul at 05h20 the following day. Return flights will depart Istanbul at 01h30 and arrive at OR Tambo at 10h20.
Carry on baggage
Business class passengers may have 2 carry-on bags that must not weigh more than 8kg each. Economy class passengers may have one carry-on bag that may weigh up to 8kg.
Turkish airlines allows economy class passengers 20kg of free check in luggage with each flight. Business class passengers are allowed 30kg.
Online check in opens 24 hours before departure, and closes 90 minutes before. Online check in can only be done through the airline’s website. Airport check in starts 3 hours before departure and closes 1 hour and 30 minutes before.
Turkish Airlines operates a two tier class section. Passengers can book flights in either business or economy class.
All food and drink costs have been included in your airfare. Food and drink is therefore complimentary on Turkish Airlines flights.
Turkish Airlines allows pets on their flights. Pets will need to have the proper vaccinations certificates and entry permits for the country that they are travelling to.
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