London, 4 March 2024: Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more countries than any other, has landed in Melbourne, marking its first destination in Australia. 

The new gateway supports the airline’s ever-expanding flight network, which now stands at 346 destinations, across six continents.

Following today’s inaugural service, Turkish Airlines will now offer three weekly flights to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria State, being the only European airline to serve the city.

The flag carrier will operate flights to Melbourne, the most populated city in Australia, from its home hub in Istanbul, via Singapore Changi International Airport.

Flights between Istanbul and Melbourne, will be served by Turkish Airlines’ modern fleet - which now stands at an impressive 450 aircraft.

By flying thousands of passengers on the İstanbul-Melbourne route annually, the airline will contribute to trade and tourism volumes of both countries.

Commenting on the inaugural flight to Melbourne, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, said: Today marks a monumental milestone for Turkish Airlines, as we celebrate the realisation of a long-held ambition—to extend our reach to the Australian continent.

“This achievement follows meticulous planning and extensive infrastructure developments, symbolising the successful bridging of Istanbul with a new and vibrant continent.

“The inauguration of our Melbourne route is a testament to our growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region and underscores our unwavering commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and communities across the globe. Australia, with its breathtaking landscapes and warm-hearted people, now becomes the 130th country to join our expansive network, signifying our presence across six continents.

“Through our unparalleled network, we are thrilled to offer our guests a gateway to global exploration, ensuring that our legacy of exceptional service quality continues to flourish in every corner of the world.”

Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Jobs and Industry, said: “Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Türkiye-born community, a big nod to our vibrant multicultural state. We look forward to creating easier connections for this community and boosting tourism with the arrival of Turkish Airlines.” 

Lorie Argus, Melbourne Airport CEO, said  the airline’s entry into the Australian market provides new options for travellers and local exporters: "Turkish Airlines has an extensive network and flies to more countries than any other airline so this new competitor in the Australian market is fantastic news for consumers. 

“We’ve worked closely with the Victorian State Government to bring Turkish Airlines to Melbourne, and we now look forward to seeing them growing their services over the coming years. Increased competition helps put downward pressure on prices, which will ensure Victorian residents and businesses can stay connected with family, friends and clients around the world.

“Melbourne is proudly home to the largest Turkish population in Australia, so we expect these flights will prove particularly popular with people looking to visit friends and relatives.”

Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President of Air Hub and Cargo Development at Changi Airport Group, said: “We would like to congratulate Turkish Airlines for their inaugural flight to Melbourne. We are happy that Turkish Airlines chose Singapore Changi Airport as the stopover point between Istanbul and Australia. Turkish Airlines’ connecting passengers can be assured that they will be well taken care of, and will be presented with the best Changi Experience during their layover.

“Changi Airport is Europe’s most served Asian airport, as well as Australia’s busiest international gateway. Our strong network will offer the passengers of Turkish Airlines many options for their onward journeys. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Turkish Airlines.”

Turkish Airlines passengers can travel from İstanbul to Melbourne between March 1, to March 15, 2024, for 1199 American Dollars and from Melbourne to İstanbul for 999 American Dollars by purchasing tickets between January 19th and April 15th, 2024.

The prices applicable under the campaign are the official website fares of Turkish Airlines, however they may vary at the ticket offices and agencies.