Emirates has unveiled plans to resume flights
between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting 8
The resumption of services on the route will allow
customers to choose between two airports when travelling Emirates
The flight will be operated five times a week by
an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration,
with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in
Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class.
with Emirates’ other service to Istanbul, the airline will offer
16 flights and over 6,500 seats per week, catering to both tourism
and business traffic.
The aircraft allows for an increase in
cargo capacity to Istanbul, with a weekly total of 100 tonnes and
makes Emirates the only airline operating a scheduled service with
a wide-body aircraft at Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
“We’ve seen continued growth in travel
demand to and from Istanbul over the past year and are therefore
pleased to be able to offer passengers travelling with Emirates
the choice of two destinations in the city. With flights to these
two points in Istanbul, along with our extended partnership with
flydubai, we’re able to offer customers more scheduled flight
options and greater connectivity to Dubai and beyond,” said Hubert
Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial
Emirates flight EK119 will depart Dubai at 10:00
and arrive in Istanbul at 13:45. The return flight EK120 will
leave Istanbul at 15:35, and arrive in Dubai at 21:00.
The timing allows customers from Istanbul to seamlessly connect to
Emirates’ flights at Dubai International Airport to popular
destinations like Bangkok, Shanghai, Seoul, and cities across
Australia. It also means travellers from key
inbound markets such as China, Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait can enjoy shorter connection times in Dubai when continuing
onwards to Istanbul.
Travellers can access Istanbul City with ease
from Sabiha Gocken, and from surrounding provinces to the airport.
The development of the Osman Gazi Bridge offers residents from
north and west provinces a commute time of under an hour to Sabiha
Gocken Airport, and those looking to travel to and from Istanbul’s
European side can use the scheduled bus service between the Sabiha
Gokcen and Taksim Square, an approximate 45 minutes journey.