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New Route of the Day (12 December 2023): Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Osaka


Turkish Airlines has resumed service between Istanbul IST and Osaka KIX with the introduction of a 4-weekly service on 12 December. Flights will depart the Turkish megahub every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday utilising the Star Alliance member’s 787-9s. The route was last served regularly by the carrier between June 2006 and January 2017. No other carrier serves the 8,770-kilometre route.

This becomes Turkish Airlines’s third non-stop route to Japan. It has long served Tokyo NRT and began service to Tokyo HND in 2020.

Fifth European carrier to Osaka

Europe and Osaka were already connected non-stop this year by four European airlines according to Cirium schedules data. Air France offers flights from Paris CDG, Finnair from Helsinki, Lufthansa from Munich (replacing the airline’s own Frankfurt service in 2019) and KLM from Amsterdam. The Dutch flag-carrier has only just relaunched its service following the pandemic.

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Other European carriers to have served Osaka with non-stop flights are Alitalia (from both Rome FCO and Milan MXP), British Airways from London LHR (between April 2019 and March 2020) and Austrian Airlines from Vienna.

What they said

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, stated; “We are glad to start our flights to Osaka, a city rich in culture. Osaka flights not only strengthens our presence in the Asia-Pacific region but also shows our dedication to connecting people and cultures around the world. We continue to offer the highest quality service while enabling our passengers to explore the world with our unique flight network.”

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