Great News For Tourism as Turkish Airlines announces Flights to Durban!!
Get Ready for flights from Istanbul to Durban from October three times a week via Johannesburg and then daily from March 2016. Durban will be Turkish Airlines’ third destination in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. The airline first introduced flights into the country with a three times weekly joint operation to Johannesburg and onward to Cape Town from its Istanbul Ataturk International Airport hub in September 2007 but has grown to offer a daily service on the route, currently flown using an Airbus A330.
Turkish Airlines will become the third major global hub carrier to introduce flights to the South African city of Durban, host of this year’s World Routes, after it revealed this week that it will introduce a continuation link to the coastal city on its already established Istanbul – Johannesburg route, likely from late October 2015. KwaZulu-Natal’s largest air gateway, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, is already served by Emirates Airline with direct flights to Dubai, while Qatar Airways has also announced the introduction of services to Doha, via Johannesburg.
Earlier this year, Turkish Airlines announced plans to separate the Cape Town and Johannesburg link from October 2015 when it will introduce a new non-stop offering to both South African cities. A new daily flight to Cape Town will complement the existing daily link to Johannesburg; the latter will instead be linked with Maputo in Mozambique with a three times weekly onward connection from October 28, 2015.
It is this network switch that has permitted the addition of the Durban tag from Johannesburg and Turkish Airlines will hope these flights will stimulate the market to eventually support regular non-stop services to all three South African destinations in the future.
“The Incorporation [Turkish Airlines] has decided to start operating scheduled flights, based on fleet availability, to Durban of the Republic of South Africa,” the airline confirmed in a public disclosure on the Investor Relations section of its website this week.
Our analysis of Sabre Airport Data Intelligence demand statistics shows that Turkish Airlines carried an estimated 195,000 passengers on its flights between Istanbul and South Africa last year with average loads in the low 90 per cents. Around 55.4 per cent of these passengers began or ended their journeys in Cape Town and around 40.8 per cent in Johannesburg. The remaining 3.8 per cent connected from other points in South Africa, the largest share being from Durban, albeit this was just 1.8 per cent of the overall demand.
It is expected that Turkish Airlines will switch its South African activities still further in summer 2016 to meet seasonal traffic demand. This is likely to see Durban served directly from Istanbul from the end of March 2016 and Cape Town instead becoming an onward tag on this routing than served directly.