Turkish Airlines launches Australia-Melbourne flights

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee (centre)

Following today’s inaugural service, Turkish Airlines will now offer three weekly flights to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria State, the only European airline to serve the city.

The flag carrier will operate flights to Melbourne from its home hub in Istanbul, via Singapore Changi International Airport.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, said: “Today marks a monumental milestone for Turkish Airlines, as we celebrate the realisation of a long-held ambition—to extend our reach to the Australian continent.

“This achievement follows meticulous planning and extensive infrastructure developments, symbolising the successful bridging of Istanbul with a new and vibrant continent.

“The inauguration of our Melbourne route is a testament to our growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region and underscores our unwavering commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and communities across the globe.

“Australia, with its breathtaking landscapes and warm-hearted people, now becomes the 130th country to join our expansive network, signifying our presence across six continents.

“Through our unparalleled network, we are thrilled to offer our guests a gateway to global exploration, ensuring that our legacy of exceptional service quality continues to flourish in every corner of the world.”

Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Jobs and Industry, said: “Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Türkiye-born community, a big nod to our vibrant multicultural state.

“We look forward to creating easier connections for this community and boosting tourism with the arrival of Turkish Airlines.”