The extra flights will be particularly beneficial for business travellers providing greater access to Turkish Airlines’ extensive route network from Istanbul to 283 destinations around the world.
Turkish Airlines has a successful story to tell. Starting with five services to Istanbul in December 2008, it soon realised the strong demand in the Birmingham region and increased the number of flights in January 2012 to seven weekly departures.
Later that year it increased to ten departures per week and in December 2014 the Airport welcomed news that the programme would grow to 12 weekly flights.
Selim Ozturk, general manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines, said: “Birmingham Airport is a hugely successful base for us and we have grown significantly over the past eight years.
“This double daily announcement gives passengers even more choice and with 283 onward destinations via Istanbul throughout the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, Birmingham Airport really is the gateway to the world with our award winning airline.”
Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, added: “Turkish Airlines is a fantastic carrier and partner to have here at Birmingham Airport.
“Starting eight years ago the service has gone from strength to strength carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers.
“The Turkish Airlines in-flight product is award winning and extremely popular – which is demonstrated by more and more people choosing to experience the service, reliability and affordability it offers.
“I congratulate the Turkish Airlines team on doing a great job here in the region and increasing passenger numbers year-on-year, and for further committing to Birmingham Airport.”
Initially, flights will increase to 13 per week as of 27 March and will then be increased to double daily from 30 May.