Turkish Airlines has started flights from Istanbul to Detroit, the largest city in the state of Michigan.
The airline currently operates flights three times a week between Istanbul Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
The TK205 leaves Istanbul at 3:45 p.m. After a flight of 11 hours and 55 minutes, it will land in Detroit the same day at 6:50 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, TK206 leaves Detroit at 9:35 p.m. and lands back in Istanbul at 3:35 p.m. the next day.
After December 25, 2023, the airline said it will increase services on the route to four weekly flights.
“We have brought two great cities, Istanbul and Detroit, closer together by starting this direct flight. We are thrilled to connect Istanbul and Detroit, creating opportunities for travel, business and cultural exploration. As the national flag carrier of Türkiye, our beautiful country, we reach more countries than any other airline in the world, and by adding new destinations to our ever-expanding network, like Detroit, we continue to fulfill our core mission of uniting people and cultures of everyone,” said Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines.
Detroit marks the airline’s 13th hub within the US itself and brings its global network to 345 destinations.
The airline celebrated its 90th anniversary this year and has already outlined a number of goals for the next decade, including doubling its fleet.
It has set a goal of expanding its fleet to more than 800 aircraft by 2033, up from around 400 aircraft today.
Similarly, Turkish wants to serve 170 million passengers per year until 2033, compared to the 85 million expected in 2023, with a network of more than 400 destinations.
The airline targets consolidated revenues of more than $50 billion by 2033, bringing $140 billion of added value to Türkiye’s economy by the same year.