Fly with Turkish Airlines

Spring into action and head to Europe for Spring with flights from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban! With Travelstart and Turkish Airlines you are sure to get the best prices to Athens, Amsterdam, Barcelona and many more destinations on their route network! Book an economy class ticket between 20 March and 2 April 2017 to enter to win a Business Class upgrade! T&C’s Apply.

When can I book: Until 2 April 2017.

When can I travel: From 1 May to 20 June 2017.

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Established in 1933 as State Airlines Administration, their initial fleet consisted of two five-seat Curtiss Kingbirds, two four-seat Junkers F.13s, and one ten-seat Tupolev ANT-9. In 1938, they became part of the Ministry of Transportation, and over the years their fleet and company grew exceptionally big.

Turkish Airline therefore, became the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, and as of February 2015, they were considered the fourth-largest carrier in the world, by the number of destinations they travel between.

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Why fly with Turkish Airlines

  • Turkish Airlines won the Sktrax awards for Europe's Best Airline, Southern Europe's Best Airline, and the World's Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat for three consecutive years (2011-2013)!
  • Additionally, they were awarded Airline of the Year by Air Transport in 2013!
  • Turkish Airlines being the fourth-largest carrier in the world, offers travellers the convenience of being able to travel to most destinations at affordable prices, with excellent services guaranteed!

Baggage allowance

1 Piece of hand-luggage is allowed in-flight (8kg). The baggage allowance may vary depending on the destination distance and flight. Passengers are required to inform themselves about this before they arrive to the airport.

Below is the free baggage allowance:

Domestic Flights

Cabin Class Adult/Child Infant
Business 30 kgs 10 kgs
Economy 20 kgs 10 kgs
Promotional 15 kgs 10 kgs

International Flights

Cabin Class Free baggage allowance
Business 30 kgs
Comfort 20 kgs
Economy 20 kgs
Promotional 10 kgs + 1 collapsible baby carriage/ buggy

Check in

Passengers can make use of online check-in between 24 hours to 90 minutes prior to the departure time of flight.

Check-in can also be done at the airport desks, these desks are closed 60 minutes to international, 45 minutes to domestic flights scheduled departing time.

Passengers are required to inform themselves on the timings of check-in when booking their flights, to ensure that they do not miss their flights.

Cabin classes

Economy Class

In economy class passengers are offered a wide array of services, namely:

  • Comfortable seating.
  • USB and Laptop chargers available at seats.
  • International Airlines.
  • In-flight connectivity.
  • Screens to watch programmes.
  • Catering services
Comfort Class

Comfort class passengers have access to the following services:

  • Welcome drinks
  • Meal service is offered twice on flights.
  • In-flight connectivity.
  • Touch screens are available.
Business Class
  • High quality menus
  • Welcome drinks
  • In-flight screens and in-flight connectivity
  • Seat includes and Ottoman
  • On-board power receptacle supplies energy for laptops and other electrical devices.
  • Reading light available at seat.
  • Large table is made available.
  • Turkish Airlines lounges.

The above mentioned services are not available on all flights, as they are still in the process of adding these services to all flights. Passengers can find out the services offered their flight on the Turkish Airlines site.

As of February 2015, Turkish Airlines currenly flies to 280 destinations in 110 countries. Their main base is Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Turkish carrier has secondary hubs in:

  • Esenboga International Airport
  • Sabiha Golden International Airport
  • Adnan Menderes Airport.

Top destinations for Turkish Airlines

London Doha Bangkok Singapore Kuwait
Dubai Paris Cairo Jeddah
Manchester Manila Amman Bahrain
Istanbul New York Perth Jakarta
IATA code: Hub Airport: Alliance: Loyalty program: Inflight magazine:
TK Istanbul Ataturk Airport Star Alliance Miles & Smiles Skylife

And There's More... Explore Istanbul on Your Way!

Want more value for your travel? Then Turkish Airlines has got you covered with a choice of 2 exciting FREE OF CHARGE layover options to explore the vibrant city of Istanbul. Call us on 0861 878 278 for more information.

What do I need: A layover of 6 hours or more and a visa to enter Turkey

How can I book: Simply go to the Hotel Desk of the International Arrivals terminal in Istanbul with your proof of connecting flight, and you're on your way- no pre-booking necessary

6 Hour Layover or More

Escorted Tour of Istanbul

  • Meals (breakfast &/ lunch)
  • Transportation by Shuttle Bus
  • Museum fees
  • Free time

10 Hour Layover or More

Escorted Tour of Istanbul

  • Meals (breakfast &/ lunch)
  • Transportation by Shuttle Bus
  • Museum fees
  • Free time

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Accommodation for the day stop

  • Breakfast
  • 4 or 5 star hotel
  • Return Airport-Hotel Transfers

Stopover Conditions:

  • For the Touristanbul escorted tour-minimum of 6 hours transit period – 24 hours maximum
  • Passengers must be travelling from one international location to another with a flight connection at Ataturk Airport-both flights must be operated by Turkish Airlines
  • For the Free Hotel Accommodation option-a minimum of 7 hours layover in business class, minimum of 10 hours layover in economy needed
  • You can apply for hotel option in both directions provided you have a MULTIPLE ENTRY E-VISA prior to arrival in Turkey
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The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

Fare conditions:

  • Sale Validity: Until 2 April 2017.
  • Travel Validity: From 1 May to 20 June 2017
  • Valid for flights departing from Cape Town.
  • NOTE: Only 3 departures a week on Tue/Fri/Sun + Return Tues/Thurs/Sundays, long layover in Istanbul on departure and return.(Havana Flights)
  • Fares are subject to change and availability
  • Blackout dates may apply
  • Fares are subject to change and availability
  • Fare may differ due to currency fluctuation
  • Offer is subject to availability of seats at time of booking..
  • Subject to airline terms and conditions.
  • Fares booked through our direct call centre will attract an additional service fee

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • Only Economy Class bookings made and issued between 20th March-2nd April 2017 will be eligible for the draw
  • Only Routes from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban to anywhere on Turkish Airlines’ worldwide route Network will be eligible for the draw
  • Customers must depart South Africa between 01 May-15 June 2017
  • Valid on all routes that Turkish Airlines services
  • Upgrade will be on South Africa-Istanbul Sector ONLY

The winner will:

  1. Upgrade to Business Class on one leg only- from South Africa-Istanbul
  2. Exclusive entry to Turkish Airlines Departure Lounge at Istanbul airport (in one direction)

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