Turkish Airlines launches its first route to Mexico

The triangular flight will connect Istanbul with Cancún and Mexico City

Turkey’s flag carrier is about to kick off its first connection to Mexico. Starting on 21 August, Turkish Airlines will launch its first triangular route connecting Istanbul with Mexico City and Cancún.

The triangular flight will connect Istanbul with Cancún and Mexico City — Pexels Turkish Airlines launches its first route to Mexico
The triangular flight will connect Istanbul with Cancún and Mexico City — Pexels

The flight number TK181 will operate three times a week and passengers will experience the carrier’s new Boeing 787-9 jet, offering an updated business class service.

The flights scheduled for the Mexican operation will be based at Istanbul’s New Airport that has been replacing the former Atatürk airport and is expected to become the largest in the world.

“As the flag carrier of Turkey, we are continuously looking to expand our network in order to present our quality-focused and service-centric concept to new destinations,” said Turkish Airlines chief marketing officer Ahmet Olmuştur.

Mexico is a country that has been on our radar for some time, and this new route marks a very exciting milestone for us.”

The new connection is a part of expansion taking place at Istanbul’s new airport. The construction of the new facility has served as a part of massive investments for Turkey’s 2023 centennial. The initial construction stage cost $7.2 billion and was built in nearly three years.

The flight will be based in Istanbul's new airport that is expected to become the world's largest— IGA
The flight will be based in Istanbul’s new airport that is expected to become the world’s largest— IGA

In its first phase, the airport should serve more than 90 million passengers per year. However, the plan is to serve around 200 million travellers annually, which is almost double the number of passengers that pass through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, currently the busiest airport in the world.

Once fully operational, the airport will use six runways spread over 19,000 acres in total. Currently, the airport utilises only two of the runways and three separate airstrips.

“This airport is going to be the most important hub between Asia and Europe,” said Kadri Samsunlu, head of the IGA, the contractor and operator of the project.