Turkey’s national airline Turkish Airlines has resumed its free Istanbul city tour for its international transit passengers.
The “Touristanbul” facility will allow Turkish Airlines passengers with connecting flight times of 6 to 24 hours at Istanbul Airport to experience the unique wonders of Istanbul, according to a statement from the airline on Monday.
Passengers are picked up from Istanbul Airport by Touristanbul vehicle and take a tour that includes Sultanahmet Mosque, Ayasofya Mosque and Topkapı Palace accompanied by a guide and taken back to the airport for the next leg of their flights.
Turkish Airlines Marketing Director Ahmet Olmustur recalled that the service was suspended due to COVID-19 in 2020.
“Our goal is to increase the number of transfer passengers and our market share with this privileged service”, underlined Olmustur.
Some 349,738 guests have had the chance to experience Istanbul with the service since 2019, he noted.
“We expect around 60,000 guests to enjoy the Touristanbul privilege until the end of the year.”
Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933 with a fleet of five planes, currently has nearly 380 aircraft, including passenger planes and cargo planes.
It serves 340 destinations – 287 international and 53 domestic – in 129 countries.
Last year, Turkish Airlines carried 44.8 million passengers, down nearly 40% from the pre-pandemic period in 2019.