ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines has re-launched its service offering the opportunity of discovering the world’s connection center Istanbul and its unique wonders with stopover service for its passengers with lengthy transfer times.
Starting in 2017, the stopover service drew great interest from passengers who were using İstanbul as their transfer center but the service was put on pause due to pandemics. With the effects of the pandemic are lessening, the flag carrier is starting to continue this service as of 2022.
In order for passengers with long connection times to spend quality time in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines will provide a one-night stay in a 4-Star hotel for Economy Class and a two-night stay in a 5-Star hotel for Business Class with the hotel voucher that is issued after the ticket purchase. In addition, passengers will also have the option of staying at contracted hotels with prices starting at $49.
Turkish Airlines General Manager Bilal Ekşi said: “We aim to show the Turkish hospitality and unique wonders of Istanbul to our passengers opting for stopover accommodation service while contributing to tourism in Turkey and increasing the number of transfer passengers of Turkish Airlines. Passengers can also increase the length of their initial free of charge accommodations with advantageous Turkish Airlines prices at contracted hotels and discover even more of Istanbul.”
Over 57,000 transfer passengers from 42 countries and 108 cities experienced the privilege of discovering Istanbul with stopover service so far.
The scale of the project is being planned to be expanded with 15 new countries including (departure point): Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.