DFW Airport—Turkish Airlines launched a new international service between DFW and Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish Airlines becomes the 15th international carrier serving DFW airport.
The airline service offers four direct flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and in Europe with a population over 15 million. Its central location between Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East will allow DFW residents to connect to flights all across those regions of the world.
“We continue to make health and safety a top priority for our passengers and employees and maintain a strong commitment to keeping the world connected through our expanded North American presence,” İlker Aycı, chairman of the board and executive committee of Turkish Airlines, said.
The pandemic has created many negative ramifications for the global economy, but John Ackerman, executive vice president for global strategy and development of DFW Airport, says DFW has fared better than most airports in the world.
“Throughout the pandemic, [DFW] has been one of the busiest airports on the planet,” Ackerman said. “We’re the only airport in the world that actually added destinations during the pandemic. Most airports shrunk dramatically.
“[DFW] airport at times last year was the busiest airport in the world for many, many months; due to the strength of the Texas economy, the strength of the U.S. economy, and decisions American Airlines made a lot of things came together.
“Turkish has been studying this market for a long time, and they believe it’s got a lot of opportunity.
“Something like this is the product of many years in terms of all the groundwork we’ve laid. We’ve been in Istanbul. I’ve personally been four times to precede this service; my colleagues have been there even more. We spend months and sometimes years explaining how important the Dallas-Fort Worth region is to the Texas economy and to the U.S. economy.
“What Texas residents get out of it is, Texas to Istanbul,” Ackerman said. “If you look at the geography, it’s really interesting. They have a major network into Africa, particularly the northern half of Africa. This flight to Istanbul opens up Istanbul, but it also opens up everything beyond Istanbul. Our customers here, North Texas residents, get many, many more destinations to access via the Turkish network that we don’t currently enjoy. It’s a big deal for our region.”