FlyDubai resumes service to Istanbul in March


Flydubai is resuming services to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport – get the latest news and updates on this route here.

After a long period of border closures, travel restrictions and other pandemic-related disruptions, the world is finally getting back to normal.

This is particularly noticeable with air carriers gradually resuming flights to popular destinations. In fact, popular low-cost carrier FlyDubai is delighting intrepid travelers around the world by resuming flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) from March 2.

As expected, visa applications for Turkey from Dubai have already increased as holidaymakers plan their trip to the popular country.

The resumption of such a popular flight route was duly noted by flydubai’s senior vice president of business operations and e-commerce, Jeyhun Efendi.

He said the company remains committed to making travel more accessible by offering a wide variety of choices to flydubai customers. Efendi continued, “Istanbul remains a popular destination on our network and we welcome the resumption of our operations at Sabiha Gökçen Airport, an airport that provides another convenient option for those traveling to Istanbul.”

There are two airports in Istanbul, which is Turkey’s largest city, the capital of culture and a global hub for business, tourism and innovation. These are Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and Istanbul Airport (IST).

Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. The airport is renowned for its hub for low-cost carriers and budget airlines (including flydubai) as well as its long list of domestic routes.

The airport offers convenient and modern infrastructure options, especially for those traveling to Istanbul on short-haul flights or simply wishing to transfer to a domestic flight.

In addition to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the Turkish government recently unveiled Istanbul’s new airport. Covering nearly 77 million square meters, the airport is set to be the largest in Europe and handles up to 200 million travelers each year (almost double the current world record).

The new flydubai range offers many improvements including aircraft, comfort, routes and more.

Flights to Istanbul will be operated on the brand new flagship Boeing 737 MAX.

HeraldScotland: aerial view of Sabiha Gokcen AirportAerial view of Sabiha Gokcen Airport

The new aircraft are configured so that passengers can relax and enjoy their flight in the most comfortable conditions. The seats have been upgraded to include luxurious amenities, comfortable seats and plenty of leg room. Likewise, high-tech tablets with HD screens have been mounted in the seats, allowing passengers to watch movies, TV shows, listen to music and play games – many activities fun to pass the time.

There are also special amenities for those traveling in business class: the seats of a 737 MAX can be folded down into a double bed to ensure the most comfortable conditions for travel.

Ghaith al Ghaith, the CEO of flydubai, revealed his feelings about the brand new 737 MAX to Simple Flying: “We find [the MAX] very good… IMHO because this plane is actually the most reviewed plane ever, I think people have that in mind. Maybe that helped turn the corner because people are comfortable with the MAX.”

Ticket sales for this route are already open and the first flight started on March 2. There will be five flights per week to Sabiha Gokcen Airport and seven flights to Istanbul Airport for a total of 12 flights per week. This is not flydubai’s first foray into the Turkish market: the airline also offers two weekly flights to the country’s capital, Ankara.


Despite the fact that the world has already adapted to the pandemic, flydubai is also rolling out additional measures to increase the safety of its passengers. For example, flydubai has introduced ‘security specialists’ to improve the passenger experience. This includes free COVID-19 travel insurance for travelers who have booked their tickets through the official website.

There is also a special promotion to highlight the UAE World Expo. Travelers who book a flydubai flight will receive a complimentary ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai. The exhibition, which showcases the cultures of different countries and modern technological advancements, is taking place in Dubai and will run until March 31, 2022.

The return of such a popular flight has surprised and excited many travelers for flydubai’s new range. No wonder, because Istanbul is one of the most interesting and colorful cities in the world. This huge metropolis offers a fantastic combination of European and Asian cultures, as the city is split between the two continents.


Although the pandemic has hit tourist destinations around the world, Istanbul remains one of the most visited cities in the world. From gastronomic delights and centuries of history, to colorful architecture and a unique blend of cultures, there’s something for every type of traveler.

Visitors can learn about historical Byzantine and Ottoman cultures while visiting the city’s tourist attractions. Popular sites include the breathtaking Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, one of dozens of museums, or a fun Bosphorus ferry.


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