Turkish Airlines flies more routes from new Istanbul airport

Turkish Airlines, the country’s national carrier, said it will expand flight options for customers from Istanbul’s new mega airport, Hürriyet newspaper reported.

The company will start flying this week to 10 new destinations including Moscow, Paris, Frankfurt and Munich from the facility, which could become the world’s largest should all construction plans be implemented. The decision expands its flight routes to 18.

Fares to Frankfurt, Paris and Munich will start from $129 return, the airline said, according to Hürriyet.

Istanbul New Airport was opened in October by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Finished under a build-operate-transfer model with state guarantees, the airport is the flagship of Erdoğan’s efforts to upgrade the country’s infrastructure ahead of its centenary year in 2023.

In December, Turkish Airlines delayed moving its headquarters to the airport to March from Dec. 31, according to local media.

The airport will be able to handle up to 90 million passengers a year and its capacity will rise to 150 million a year by 2028 should all the construction be completed.