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Emirates resumes service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport; offering Australians flights to two destinations in Istanbul

January 6, 2018 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Emirates has announced the resumption of flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting 8th June 2018. The resumption of services on the route will give Australian customers more choice when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.

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 spacious seats in Economy Class. Together 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.

Seamless Australian connectivity

Emirates flight EK119 will depart Dubai at 1000hrs and arrive in Istanbul at 1345hrs. The return flight EK120 will leave Istanbul at 1535 hrs, and arrive in Dubai at 2100 hrs. The new timings highlight the benefits of Emirates’ partnership with flyDubai, offering departing Australian travellers seamless connections from Dubai to Istanbul on the partner airline.

On the return journey, Australian travellers will be able to enjoy an all Emirates experience, starting on EK120 from Sabha Gokcen to Dubai and onwards to all five Australian destinations, Sydney on EK414, Melbourne on EK408, Brisbane on EK432, Perth on EK420 and Adelaide on EK440.

Emirates operates 84 weekly flights between Australia and its hub Dubai, including a third daily Brisbane service which commenced in December 2017 and is operated by a B777-200LR. From 25 March, Emirates will also introduce a fourth daily Sydney A380 service and upgauge its third daily Melbourne service to an A380. Both routes will be all A380 operations.

“Emirates remains committed to the Australian market, improving connections to our global route network so that travellers can connect with destinations such as Istanbul and more. We’ve also made improvements to our Australian services and enhanced our onboard offering to ensure that our passengers have a superior experience when they fly with us,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President for Australasia.

“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 Operations, West.

Travellers can access Istanbul City with ease from Sabiha Gokcen, 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 Gokcen 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.

Flying with Emirates

Customers on Emirates’ flights will enjoy the famed hospitality of its multi-national Cabin Crew, including Turkish crew, as well as gourmet cuisine and Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system which offers up to 3,000 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment. As with all Emirates flights, passengers are offered a generous baggage allowances of up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First class.

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