The global carrier launched its direct, four weekly flights from Istanbul to one of the most prominent tourist destinations, Phuket, from July 17, 2017.
The inaugural Turkish Airlines’ flight from Istanbul landed at 8.55 am at the Phuket International Airport (HKT) and was welcomed by a customary water cannon salute. Deputy Chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines, Bilal Eksi, commented at the launch ceremony, “As an award-winning airline that invites people to explore the beauties of our world, it was a natural choice for us to decide on Phuket as our next destination.” Introductory round-trip fares for Istanbul to Phuket start from $569 (including taxes and fees). Direct flights from Istanbul to Phuket will be operated four times per week, on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Furthermore, Miles&Smiles members will be able to upgrade their paid economy class tickets up to 22,500 miles, instead of 45,000, one-way flights until December 31, 2017. With Turkish Airlines launching flights to Phuket, Turkish Cargo has also launched its freighter flights to the island, the most prominent tourism destination of Thailand.