Just a quick update on the flights to Turkey situation. This week Turkish Airlines have announced they will operate a daily service between Istanbul and London Gatwick from 20th December 2011, this is in addition to their regular Heathrow service.
Given the hideous prices and stingy baggage allowances that are blighting charter flights the scheduled flights are starting to look a lot more attractive lately and although they often involve a change the hub airports they use are often attractive places to spend a few hours with some excellent shopping opportunities I know someone who flies via Munich just so he can buy Gucci shoes duty free!
I’m particularly talking about flights from Izmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport (code ADB) which covers the northern Aegean area including Kusadasi and Selcuk, the Cesme Peninsula and those pretty places north of Izmir around Eski Foca.
Those further south will use Bodrum (yuck!) or Dalaman airports (you’ll need to sell a kidney before you buy a coffee there! It makes Bodrum look cheap).
Izmir airport is 18km south of the city and 80km from us here in Kirazli. It is a very pleasant airport; uncrowded, spacious, and new, with reasonable prices and good transport links. Compared to the charter hell hole which is Bodrum/Milas airport it is on a different planet.
Izmir to UK Winter 2011/12
Turkish Airlines – via Istanbul – to Heathrow and Gatwick (from 20th December 2011) several times daily and Stanstead a couple of times a week. – Turkish Airlines – book online
Lufthansa – via Munich – several flights every day to Heathrow – Lufthansa – book online
Pegasus Airlines – Direct from Izmir to Stanstead on a Thursday and Saturday, via Istanbul every other day – Pegasus – Book online
All have online booking and the prices this winter are reasonable. Lufthansa is coming out cheapest on my searches for December and January 2012 but Pegasus isn’t too far behind them, Turkish Airlines does tend to be a bit more expensive.
Internal Flights Turkey
If you can get a cheap flight into Istanbul then an internal flight down the coast is normally reasonably priced and the schedule is regular. The buses in Turkey are really cheap but the internal flights aren’t extortionate. All these carriers provide internal flights in Turkey and have online booking in English.
Atlas Jet – Atlas Jet – Book online
Pegasus (again) – Pegasus – Book online
Turkish Airlines (again) – Turkish Airlines – Book online
So, no excuses for a Winter Break in Turkey! Anyone thinking of maybe possibly broaching the subject with their other half has plenty of options for planning an escape from a gloomy UK. We may not be offering sunbathing weather but that deep blue sky, it’s so beautiful in winter.