My apologies: the increase in flights to istanbul plus recent new routes/airlines suggest a turning of the tide....maybe.My apologies Coathanger16, I was referring to the BHX plan and whether it would suggest tide turning at BHX.
Reading this first part of the post, gives the impression that Turkish Airlines are adding a new second daily service to BHX. In truth, they are adding an extra 2 flights per week to the already 12 x weekly service (I'm sure it has been 14 x weekly in the past).Turkish Airlines to do double daily to Istanbul from summer 2019
Turkish Airlines has announced double daily services between Birmingham and Istanbul for Summer 2019. The launch of the second service will give passengers greater choice and flexibility with two daily flights.
The first service each day will leave Birmingham Airport at 10.40 arriving in to Istanbul at 16.35 local time, with the second flight departing at 17.00 from Birmingham Airport and arriving in to Istanbul at 22.55 local time. The flights will be operated by a 737-800, ensuring that even more passengers will be able to take advantage of the non-stop connection to Istanbul from Birmingham.
Responding to the growing passenger traffic Turkish Airlines will launch the second daily flight on the popular route as of 31 March 2019, bringing the airline to a twice daily service.
Yes I agree Kevin and as I have mentioned on the routes development thread, it was the first piece of news on BBC Midlands today at 06.30am this morning. As you say a little over the top.Reading this first part of the post, gives the impression that Turkish Airlines are adding a new second daily service to BHX. In truth, they are adding an extra 2 flights per week to the already 12 x weekly service (I'm sure it has been 14 x weekly in the past).
Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted to see the route go double daily, but the advertising spin is a little off the mark.
As for the aircraft type being a B737-800, this has never been fixed. B737-800's/900's, A320's, A321's and even A330's have been used previously. I believe that BHX is also due the inaugural flight of Turkish Airlines B737 MAX.
Still, great news for BHX.