From 1 October 2018, flybmi customers will be able to enjoy flying on routes from the UK and Ireland to Istanbul thanks to a new codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines. The partnership will provide business and leisure travellers with an opportunity to book via flybmi.com and enjoy travel from Manchester, London Heathrow and Dublin to the Turkish metropole.
Furthermore, the codeshare will also open up routes within Europe for flybmi as customers will be able to fly on from Istanbul to Brussels, Paris, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Oslo as part of the agreement.
In return, Turkish Airlines customers will enjoy the benefits of flying on eight of flybmi’s European routes including inbound routes from Brussels to Newcastle and East Midlands, Norrköping and Saarbrücken to Munich, Oslo to Aberdeen and Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Paris to Bristol.
The strategic move strengthens both airlines’ network presence throughout Europe with each enjoying significant benefits for both inbound and outbound travel.
Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer of flybmi, explains, “This new codeshare with our Partner, Turkish Airlines, enables our customers to book flights to Istanbul via flybmi.com, taking us to Turkey for the first time in the airline’s history. This is yet another step for flybmi in building a comprehensive network of strategic airline partnerships that allow us to reach new customers and widen our overall network reach. Entering into this partnership with Turkish Airlines is part of our over-arching strategy to further improve connectivity to/from our network of key business regions throughout Europe.”
Ahmet Bolat, Chief Investment and Technology Officer of Turkish Airlines, said, “We are pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with flybmi and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through the networks of both airlines.”
Turkish Airlines connects 255 international destinations and Istanbul, as the only city in the world having settled on two continents, serves as a main hub of Turkish Airlines. It offers transcontinental advantages provided by its unique location in Eurasia and makes connecting flights to destinations all around the globe easier than ever.
Fares on the ex UK routes from Manchester, Heathrow and Dublin can be booked via flybmi.com. All fares are inclusive of 23kg of hold luggage, allocated seating and complimentary in-flight drinks and snacks.
Fares have gone on sale from 24 September 2018, with travel from 1 October 2018.
flybmi operates an all-jet fleet comprising 19 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft. The airline now operates over 600 scheduled flights a week across a network of 45 destinations in 12 European countries and employs more than 400 staff. The airline also operates an extensive ad-hoc charter business and flies on a contract basis on behalf of other carriers. Its scheduled network includes Oslo and Stavanger in Norway; Brussels in Belgium; Esbjerg in Denmark; Nantes and Paris in France; Brno in Czech Republic; Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Rostock, Munich, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart in Germany; Dublin in Ireland; Milan Malpensa, Milan Bergamo, Bari, Bologna, Florence, Venice and Verona in Italy; Lublin in Poland; Jonkoping, Norrkoping, Gothenburg and Karlstad in Sweden; Istanbul in Turkey and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Derry, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Stornaway, Sumburgh and Wick in the UK.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 329 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 304 worldwide destinations as 255 international and 49 domestic, in 122 countries. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.