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After a 14-year hiatus, Turkish Airlines is set to once again offer nonstop flights from Istanbul Ataturk airport to Miami. Flights are scheduled to begin on October 25, 2015, and will operate daily on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The flight will operate on the following schedule:
- TK77 Istanbul to Miami — departing 1:30 pm, arriving 7:30 pm
- TK78 Miami to Istanbul — departing 9:30 pm, arriving 4:30 pm (+1 day)
Turkish Airlines has expanded its US presence over the past two years by adding flights to Boston, Houston, San Francisco and now Miami. Over that time, Turkish has carved out a nice little niche serving direct markets as well as US passengers connecting to other exotic destinations. Miami is a logical next step for Turkish, as Qatar is currently the only direct competition to the region, and the city of Miami is a huge tourist destination for travelers from around the world.
With the new Miami announcement, Turkish is also offering some great introductory fares to points in Europe and beyond. Discounted fares are widely available, and stretch all the way into spring of next year. Here are a few examples:
- Miami — Basel: $652
- Miami — Amsterdam: $682
- Miami — Paris: $705
Turkish Airlines has a megahub at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, which is pretty out of the way for most destinations in western Europe. That means you’ll be doing some backtracking, but it may be worthwhile. Also, with such a late arrival into Istanbul from Miami, many itineraries will require a lengthy layover. If you find yourself with some time to spare, check out Lane Nieset’s Layover Lowdown: Istanbul Ataturk Airport for ideas on what to do and see in the area.Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®