HAM: 50 years ago the first flight of Turkish Airline started

Hamburg Airport ceremoniously welcomed an Airbus A330 on the anniversary route Istanbul - Hamburg (Photo: Airport Hamburg/Michael Penner).
Hamburg Airport ceremoniously welcomed an Airbus A330 on the anniversary route Istanbul - Hamburg (Photo: Airport Hamburg/Michael Penner).

HAM: 50 years ago the first flight of Turkish Airline started

Hamburg Airport ceremoniously welcomed an Airbus A330 on the anniversary route Istanbul - Hamburg (Photo: Airport Hamburg/Michael Penner).
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50 years ago, Turkish Airlines flew the Hamburg – Istanbul route for the first time. In the meantime, the Turkish airline has developed into the largest provider of Turkey flights from Hamburg.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Turkish Airlines' first flight from Hamburg, the airport recognized the importance of the airline. “A 50-year business relationship cannot be taken for granted. A real success story began with the connection between Hamburg and Istanbul. The Turkish Airlines offer is in high demand all year round and it is hard to imagine Hamburg's route network without it," says Michael Eggenschwiler, Chief Executive Officer at Hamburg Airport. In addition, Turkish Airlines was one of the first airlines to restart operations during the pandemic crisis and gradually increase frequencies.

In terms of passenger numbers, the airline is the largest provider of Turkey flights from Hamburg and the fifth largest airline in the Hanseatic city. With the airports Istanbul (IST) and Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), the Turkish airline has two year-round destinations in its program. In the summer, the offer will be expanded to include Ankara and Antalya, one of the most popular holiday destinations for northern Germans. In addition, the airline traditionally focuses more on family visits from June to August and offers flights to other Turkish airports. In the 2022 summer season, there were six seasonal goals, including Ordu, Kayseri and Adana, among others.

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