Turkish Airlines has chosen Melbourne as its first-ever Australian destination, with flights beginning in March.
The service will initially operate three times a week via Singapore, although a direct route between Istanbul and Melbourne will be introduced when the airline completes purchase of new aircraft that have the capability to fly the long-haul route.
The service, the only one offered by a European carrier to not only Australia’s largest city but also the one with its largest Turkish community, provides another option for UK travellers heading Down Under, who will be able to fly London-Istanbul-Singapore-Melbourne, a 27-hour journey.
The flight will leave London Heathrow 06.35 and land in Melbourne at 08.40pm the following day, with a stopover in Istanbul for a change of aircraft and another stop in Singapore (no aircraft change).
Once Melbourne is added to its flight network it will become Turkish Airlines 346th destination, spread across 130 countries and six continents.
The first flight from Istanbul is due to arrive in Melbourne on Saturday March 16.