EasyJet to launch new flights to Istanbul from Manchester
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For the first time ever, easyJet is to launch flights from Manchester to Istanbul Airport.
As of 9 June, the low-cost colossus will operate to Istanbul Airport twice a week across the year, bolstering its Turkish-bound services from MAN alongside flights to Antalya and Dalaman.
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It will be the first time easyJet has flown to Istanbul Airport — having previously operated to Sabiha Gökçen from Luton and Basel in 2006, and Gatwick in 2008. The airline ended the routes from Luton and Basel in 2014, and from Gatwick in 2011. The new Istanbul addition will take the airline’s short-haul number of possible short-haul destinations to an impressive 156.
Hitting those long-weekend sweet spots, Easyjet will fly from Manchester to Istanbul on Mondays and Fridays and has fares from as low as £100 return in mid-June.
You can find some wonderful deals through June throughout the peak of summer.
It’s certainly a more affordable alternative to Turkish Airlines, which also operates from Manchester to Istanbul but will cost double that in mid-June, coming in at a sizeable £235 for return tickets in economy lite.
Even normally low-cost Pegasus Airlines, which flies from Manchester to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), will set you back £235 for a pair of tickets in mid-June.
There are, however, more days of operation with Turkish Airlines, which offers triple-daily flights. Naturally, if you’re travelling for business or not as flexible with your holiday dates, you may struggle to make it work, but even if you want to mix and match, the one-way easyJet fares from £55 are well worth the trouble.
Likely to operate with an A320neo, the new MAN-IST route is a great way for U.K. travellers to connect with one of the most beguiling cities on earth that’s a historical gateway brimming with hectic markets, outstanding cuisine and first-class hospitality.
Grab tickets at easyJet while they’re hot.
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