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Turkish Airlines to Gain Rapid Expansion of Flights into Australia after Government Approval

Turkish Airlines to Gain Rapid Expansion of Flights into Australia after Government Approval
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A significant European route has been opened for all Australian travellers recently after the federal government increased the number of services Turkish Airlines Australia can fly to the country.

Catherine King, the Transport Minister, signed a new agreement last week to increase the carrier’s weekly allocation. The aim was to increase the count from 7 carriers to 35 by 2025.

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Turkish Airlines Australia, which signed off on an order for 220 Airbus aircraft on December 15, has been given the green light to offer a new range of flights per week to Australia with immediate effect.

Turkish Airlines Australia Melbourne can now immediately fly 21 services per week per the deal. These flights will take off to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. This will happen immediately until further increases take effect in 2024 and 2025. The total will also increase to 28 per week from the start of the northern winter 2024-25 season. This will be followed by 35 weekly flights from winter 2025-26.

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Turkish Airlines Australia has been in operation for a long time. The current frequencies under the agreement cover service to Australia’s four largest international gateways — Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney. This also involves the under-construction Western Sydney International Airport, which will open in 2026. The approval further permits fifth-freedom traffic rights at two points for Turkish Airlines Australia to Istanbul between the Middle East and Asia.

The new agreement also highlights Qatar Airways’ allowance of 28 flights to some of the world’s major airports. It provides a significant alternative to Singapore and the Gulf states for air travel between Europe and Australia.

Graham Turner, Flight Centre managing director, also said the move would drive down airfares to the UK and Europe. This is because the industry desperately needed more capacity in the Middle East and Asia.

The government flew into an outcome of flak after denying an application by Qatar Airways for extra services in Australia. Later, a Senate committee heard the decision, leading to greater competition in the aviation market, including low airfares.

The Future of Turkish Airlines Australia

Turkish Airlines has also been granted the “fifth freedom of the air” rights under the same agreement. This clause allows the carrier to route flights between Australia and third-party countries.

Additional capacity was further granted to Vietnamese carriers. This doubled their allocation to 77 flights into significant airports by 2025 in a week.

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