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Turkish Turmoil? TK announces massive cuts network-wide for winter schedule

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It was bound to happen. With the strife in the North and South of the country, the attack on Istanbul Attaturk International Airport and the general political unrest in Ankara and beyond, it seems that more and more people are giving Turkey and by default Turkish Airlines a wide berth at the moment – even for transit travel.

And it’s sad and unfortunate – Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Turkey one of the most diverse places to visit as a tourist. The food is amazing, the people more so. But can you blame tourists for avoiding the area with the threats from within and threats from ISIS and the like?

Turkish Airlines has just announced massive – and when I say massive I mean unprecedented – cuts to their winter schedule. Europe and regional flying takes the brunt of the hit, but international long haul also sees scaling back, even in lucrative markets such as Los Angeles, Singapore, New York and Tokyo.

With such wide sweeping cuts, it seems that even transit traffic through Istanbul has taken a hit. What TK intends to do with the extra staffing and air frames sitting at IST is yet to be seen – maybe some leasing out to other carriers might be in order, and perhaps even some defferals of new aircraft scheduled to come in?

Either way, things do not look good at all at Turkish, and it’s a bit sad to see given their very ambitious growth plan and the service that they’ve managed to provide – it looked as though they were ready to give the Middle East Big 3 a run for their money in this regard (with even a leg up as Istanbul as their hub – much more universally appealing than any of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and especially Doha) – but it seems as though for the near future at least, things seem to be a bit sketchy at TK.

Is it fair? That’s debatable. Is it warranted? That’s understandable. Is it killing TK right now? That’s unmistakable.

Here are the European and short haul cuts:

stanbul Ataturk – Bari Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Basel/Mulhouse Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Bilbao Reduce from previously planned 4 to 2 weekly (5 weekly in summer)
Istanbul Ataturk – Birmingham Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly (12 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Ataturk – Bremen Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Budapest Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Catania Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Cologne Reduce from 21 to 19 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Copenhagen Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Dublin Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Edinburgh Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Ekaterinburg Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Frankfurt Reduce from 28 to 25 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Graz Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Hamburg Reduce from 4 to 3 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Hanover Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Kazan Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Leipzig Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Lisbon Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – London Gatwick Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Luxembourg Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Lyon Reduce from 14 to 12 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Madrid Reduce from 3 to 2 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Manchester Reduce from 19 to 14 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Marseille Reduce from 10 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Munich Reduce from 35 to 25 weekly (28 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Ataturk – Naples Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly

Istanbul Ataturk – Nice Reduce from 8 to 5 weekly (7 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Ataturk – Novosibirsk Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Nuremberg Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Pristina Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Riga Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Rome Reduce from 4 to 3 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – St. Petersburg Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Salzburg Reduce from 8 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Sarajevo Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Sofia Reduce from 3 to 2 daily (18 weekly in W15 from 28DEC15)
Istanbul Ataturk – Stavropol Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Stuttgart Reduce from 4 to 3 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Tallinn Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Thessaloniki Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Toulouse Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Valencia Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Vilnius Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Zagreb Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Zaporizhia Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Barcelona Reduce from 6 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Dusseldorf Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (9 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Frankfurt Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (9 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – London Gatwick Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Milan Malpensa Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Munich Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (11 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Rome Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Vienna Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly

Istanbul Ataturk – Barcelona Reduce from 25 to 21 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Kiev Borispil Reduce from 14 to 13 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Malta Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Paris CDG Reduce from 5 to 4 daily
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Amsterdam Increase from 7 to 9 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Cologne Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly

Ankara – Jeddah Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly (No operation in W15)
Ankara – Madinah Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly (No operation in W15)
Istanbul Ataturk – Porto Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (4 weekly in W15)
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Berlin Tegel Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (No operation in W15)
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Brussels Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (No operation in W15)

Here are the regional/European routes that have been cut altogether:

Ankara – Berlin Tegel Previously planned 2 weekly
Ankara – Frankfurt Previously planned 3 weekly
Ankara – Vienna Previously planned 2 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Bordeaux Previously planned 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Friedrichshafen Previously planned 7 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Genoa Previously planned 3 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Ivano-Frankivsk Previously planned 7 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Previously planned 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Muenster Previously planned 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Pisa Previously planned 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Rotterdam Previously planned 7 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Baku Previously planned 7 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Erbil Previously planned 4 weekly
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Venice Previously planned 4 weekly

As for the long haul cuts:

Istanbul Ataturk – Abuja Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly, which is identical to winter 2015/16 frequencies
Istanbul Ataturk – Ashgabat Reduce from 12 to 7 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Astrakhan Planned restoration of 3rd weekly flight is cancelled
Istanbul Ataturk – Baku Reduce from 4 to 3 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Dammam Reduce from 10 to 9 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Doha Reduce from 14 to 10 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Guangzhou Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly during selected periods from 01SEP16 to 31DEC16
Istanbul Ataturk – Kuwait City Reduce from 16 to 14 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Los Angeles Reduce from 11 to 7 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Najaf Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Nakchivan – Ganja – Istanbul Ataturk Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – New York JFK Reduce from 3 to 2 daily. In addition, preliminary scheduling for summer 2017 season from 26MAR17 displays 4 weekly Boeing 777-300ER from 27MAR17 to 27MAY17, 10 weekly from 29MAY17.
Istanbul Ataturk – Sharm el Sheikh Previously not covered, TK will resume this route from 10SEP16, initially 4 times a week. Service increases to daily from 30OCT16

Istanbul Ataturk – Atlanta Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City – Istanbul Ataturk Increase from 2 to 3 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi – Istanbul Ataturk Increase from 3 to 4 weekly
Istanbul Ataturk – Jakarta Boeing 777-300ER replaces A330-200, 1 daily
Istanbul Ataturk – Johannesburg – Durban Northern winter service increases from 3 to 5 weekly, A330-300 service
Istanbul Ataturk – Taipei Taoyuan Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly

Sad days at TK.

 

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