Turkish Airlines resuming more EX-YU flights


Turkish Airlines will reinstate the majority of its destinations in the former Yugoslavia by July 1 as the airline continues to rebuild its international network. As previously reported, Turkish has today resumed three weekly operations to Belgrade and Sarajevo, while its planned Skopje flights have been delayed due to the airport's continued closure for commercial traffic. On July 1, Turkish Airlines will restore services from Istanbul to Zagreb, Ljubljana and Pristina. Flights to the Croatian capital will run five time per week, while operations to Ljubljana and Pristina will have four weekly rotations. As of July 1, services to Belgrade and Sarajevo will be increased. The airline is yet to finalise and officially confirm its schedule for Dubrovnik, Podgorica and Skopje.

Turkey has lifted all entry requirements and restrictions for foreign nationals, with the same visa entry rules in effect as prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times whilst at any airport in Turkey, and for the duration of all flights, to and from the country. Travellers are required to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey, details of which will be provided by the airline. All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Any passengers showing symptoms including high fever, coughing or respiratory difficulties will be required to undergo a PCR test for coronavirus. In the event that a test returns a positive result, the individual will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey at their own expense.


Passengers flying with Turkish Airlines on flights to and from the former Yugoslavia will come across a somewhat different on board experience than usual. In addition to the compulsory wearing of face masks, passengers will only be allowed to take personal and valuable belongings with them on board (weighing no more than four kilograms). All other cabin luggage will be received during the check-in process as registered baggage. All passengers will be provided with a “Hygiene Kit” consisting of a mask and an antiseptic tissue, while the carrier’s award-winning catering will not be provided, with all travellers, in both business and economy class, to receive a bottle of water.

Since restarting domestic and international flights, Turkish Airlines has become the busiest operator in Europe. With 400 flights, it became the first airline in Europe to reach the figure since March 24, 2020. Turkish Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Ilker Ayci said, “It is our firm belief that once the world overcomes the crisis, air travel will bounce back stronger than ever. Turkish Airlines will be more than eager to welcome you aboard with our trademark hospitality as we connect continents, people, and cultures. We fully adapted our customer touchpoints according to the new normal standards”.

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  1. Anonymous09:02

    Good to have them back

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    1. Tk has very bad service and even they knew about pandemic they were keep flying so I ask everyone to think twice before they fly with them at the moment every one has been going through so much stress so do not make decisions they you regret later and remember all Those flight got counciled Turkish airline haven’t returned the money to the passengers yet.
      We all hope this pandemic be over soon.

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    I noticed today on beg.aero that TK has a different schedule, is this permanent? I am sure they will boost BEG as, from what I heard, JU has been flying rather full to IST carrying mostly Serbian holidaymakers.

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    1. Anonymous09:10

      Turks experienced a brutal lockdown. Now that it's over I am sure they will have a great desire to travel. I expect tourist arrivals from Turkey to boom this summer.

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    2. JATBEGMEL14:59

      Old schedule:

      TK1081 IST BEG 0740 0820
      TK1082 BEG IST 0900 1245

      New schedule:

      TK1081 IST BEG 1235 1310
      TK1082 BEG IST 1415 1705

      Looks like it will be like this to the end of the season.

      The new timings is closer to the JU departures, however still a couple hours between the departures.

      I think JU will increase IST before TK is allowed to bring back their 3rd daily rotations.

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    3. Anonymous15:04

      TK got the green light, JU agreed. ;)

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    4. JATBEGMEL16:52

      @ 15,04

      It probably has something to do with the new agreements between TK and JU.

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/10/air-serbia-and-turkish-airlines.html?m=1

      SPA was signed and a codeshare agreement was in the works, as well as additional flights. However, in the mean time JU returned to IST. Im guessing more to come between the 2.

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    5. Nemjee19:49

      TK sells codeshare flights on BEG IST via TIA and ARN in cooperation with JU.

      It's beyond me who is his right mind would fly BEG ARN IST with a six hour layover.

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  3. Anonymous09:04

    Is it possible to transfer through IST?

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    1. Anonymous09:07

      Yes it is. You can also enter Turkey without a problem.

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  4. Anonymous09:08

    There's pretty much no difference between business and economy class anymore.

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  5. Anonymous09:09

    Limiting carry on luggage to fight the virus? Really??

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    1. Anonymous09:16

      Logic behind is - if we have less luggage handling in cabin there will be less chances for spreading disease. They are not the first ones with that idea.
      Anyway, as told in article, they will check in cabin luggage for free, so no harm done. This was done from time to time even in regular times (if airplane is full)

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    2. Anonymous09:17

      That's what Wizz Air has been doing for a while now once they started ripping people off for checked in luggage. No one way paying for it so there was huge amount of hand luggage, their A320 overhead bins couldn't handle it, they couldn't cope with the volume so they would take them down to the mostly empty luggage holds.

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    3. Anonymous09:17

      It makes sense. Less surfaces, handling, interactions & congestion onboard means less risk of virus transmission.

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    4. Anonymous14:24

      It means just a great BS and nothing else!

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    5. Can cabin luggage be on plane

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    6. Anonymous19:04

      "passengers will only be allowed to take personal and valuable belongings with them on board (weighing no more than four kilograms). All other cabin luggage will be received during the check-in process as registered baggage. "

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  6. Anonymous09:12

    Good luck

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    1. Turk Hava Yollari09:13

      Thank you.

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    2. You didn't write "Türk" and "Yolları" correctly. Better luck trolling next time.

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    3. Anonymous14:15

      You are such a smartie pants Vlad

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    4. Its all bullshit there are no flights availible from New york to Turkey.

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  7. Anonymous09:12

    Hopefully PRN will reopen by then

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  8. Anonymous09:16

    Will they come back to Dubrovnik this year at all?

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    1. Anonymous09:18

      Given how empty Dalmacija is these days I don't know who they would fly onboard their planes.

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    2. Anonymous11:50

      Pretty sure DBV will be back.

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  9. Anonymous09:19

    So few frequencies when you compare to pre corona :( I hope demand will recover sooner rather than later.

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    1. Anonymous12:11

      flights need to come back first before demand can recover. Airlines and routes that were launched among first are the ones that are doing rather well. One example is JU's BEG-ZRH which will have 10 weekly flights next week. I am sure other ex-YU routes will follow soon as well. For example now that TGD is off limits for JU, many of their JFK transfers are switched to TIA, that's why they are regularly getting the A319 these days.

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  10. Anonymous09:23

    Can we expect some widebody flights from Turkish?

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    1. Anonymous09:27

      They will likely have issues filling these few flights let alone widebodies.

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    2. Anonymous09:30

      In the past ATH and OTP used to get those widebody planes, BEG was supposed to as well but the government banned them. What's interesting is that this new frequency is an indicator that TK was granted more flights into Serbia. I guess once tourists return to Serbia and Serbs start travelling more they will go beyond 14 weekly flights which is indeed great.

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    3. Nemjee12:00

      In 2018 IST was the third busiest destination from BEG, I am sure tourists played a big role. Will be interesting to see numbers in 2019 when JU entered the market.

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    4. Anonymous12:11

      IST is one of the busiest destinations in from all ex-YU airports.

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    5. Anonymous12:18

      Not in ZAG though, I don't think they are in top five even. They are number one in LJU.

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    6. Nemjee13:00

      Top 5

      LJU: IST, FRA, STN, CDG, AMS.
      ZAG: FRA, DBV, MUC, SPU, VIE

      Q1 2019
      LJU-BEG 13.108

      Q1 2020
      LJU-BEG 15.200

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    7. Anonymous13:09

      Sorry what do you LJU-BEG numbers have to do with Turkish Airlines?

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    8. Nemjee13:21

      Nothing, I shared them because they are interesting as an addition to the discussion on the position of IST and TK in ex-YU. Both JU and TK have similar interests in the region. Take a breath, chill out.

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    9. Anonymous14:09

      Similar interests? TK is mostly for transfers to the world (North America & Asia) while JU is mostly for P2P to Belgrade and regional & European transfers. How is that similar?

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    10. Anonymous14:13

      But as a city, Istanbul (IST+SAW) is the busiest from BEG right, Nemjee?

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    11. Anonymous15:05

      Makes sense that IST BEG is so busy because TK is a great and convenient airline to fly on.

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    12. Anonymous15:31

      I like these numbers, thank you :)

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    13. Nemjee19:51

      It just writes Belgrade Istanbul so I guess it's for both airports. :)

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  11. Anonymous10:12

    Which aircraft are they using for these flights?

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    1. Anonymous10:24

      A320 family. Today TK is sending A321 to BEG and SJJ.

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    2. Anonymous11:49

      Good to see. I wonder what the loads are like.

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    3. Anonymous15:07

      Belgrade was probably full, I heard JU is full to Istambul

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    4. Anonymous16:27

      BEG - A321
      SJJ - A320/A321
      LJU - A321
      ZAG- B737-800/A320

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    5. Anonymous16:28

      Oh and PRN - B737-800/A320/A321

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  12. Anonymous10:22

    The new IST has its 3rd parallel runway now.

    TK will expand all around the world like no other has ever done.

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    1. Anonymous10:25

      Does this mean taxi time from the runway at IST to the terminal will no longer take 30-40 minutes?

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    2. Anonymous10:29

      Yeah, check it out departures on flightradar24. It's less than 10 mins now. (In an airport with the highest capacity ever in Europe)

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    3. Anonymous10:31

      That's great news.

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  13. Anonymous11:06

    Good to see international airlines slowly resuming flights to the region.

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  14. Anonymous11:56

    Wow well done on them being the busiest airline in Europe just a week after starting international flights.

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  15. The presence of TK is essential not only in ex-Yu but in the region as well. I personally love flying with them but then again will try and avoid huge airports where it takes you forever to transfer. If you take airports such as AMS, VIE, ZRH - the MCT is less than 1 hour and there is no stress to catch the connecting flight. As for long-haul, honestly I prefer QR and DOH as an airport. Hamad Airport has a very comfortable size. In Europe, I think ZRH is one of the best. Truly amazing airport.

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  16. Anonymous12:37

    I really like their new uniforms

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  17. Anonymous14:10

    It's amazing what Turkish Airlines has faced during the previous years but yet, it's still the busiest airlines in Europe.

    Until 2016 TK couldn't expand in Balkan region at Atatürk Airport to due lack of capacity. It preferred to expand to US and big cities in EU.

    In 2016 TK couldn't expand due to failed coup attempt in Turkey.

    In 2017-2018 TK couldn't expand well due to incredible value decrease in Turkish Lira (made Turkish locals stay inside the country).

    In 2019, TK couldn't fly its 24 Boeing 737 Maxs (this is a higher capacity then some airlines in Europe including JU).

    In 2020, now this covid-19... Still they managed to be the busiest airline in Europe now so far.

    The biggest reason of this success in my opinion is the location of IST (easy to transfer literally anywhere in the world except Australia) and Turkey being the 5th country with the highest tourists welcomes, also the incredible domestic coverage of TK. The future of IST airport is very in my opinion.

    IST has its 5th runway (3rd paralel runway) working now, 737 Maxs seem to be flying soon again in September, it should be expected that TK to have at least 3 daily flights in the region when everything get backs to normal! :)

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    1. Anonymous14:20

      3 daily flights in the region when everything get backs to normal? They used to have more than that. It was 4 daily for Croatia itself.

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    2. Anonymous14:22

      I meant each capitals with 3 daily flights, sorry.

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    3. Anonymous14:27

      There have never been 3 daily flights by Turkish Airlines to Zagreb or 4 daily to Croatia.

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    4. Anonymous14:36

      There were double daily flights to ZAG and double daily flight to DBV in 2019.

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    5. Anonymous14:39

      Before corona TK actually downgraded Dubrovnik.

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    6. Anonymous14:41

      It's true, they flew double daily to Dubrovnik last summer

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/02/turkish-to-boost-flights-across-former.html

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    7. Anonymous14:44

      And then this summer they reduced it from 14 to 10 I think, sometime in December/January. I guess even then the route underperformed.

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  18. When are you resuming flight to Africa? Nigeria precisely?

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    1. Anonymous17:10

      Abuja and Lagos start on 3rd of July.

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    2. Are you serious about this or just messing with people here?

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    3. Anonymous09:58

      It's serious you have it on their website as the confirmed resumption date.

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  19. When will Turkish airline resume flights from Pakistan

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  20. When will Turkish airlines resume flights from Johannesburg?

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  21. Dear Turkısh Airlines
    Could you please give me some information about Turkey to South Africa or Africa itself. In your web site you are giving information about all over the world but not for South Africa. Any info about it will be appreciated.

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    1. Anonymous19:05

      They start flights to Johannesburg on 3rd july

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  22. When it will start going to Uganda

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  23. Anonymous09:19

    THY needs to re-thing over the excessive cancelling of their planned schedules. Also refund policy is taking almost two months which is not fair for passengers planning to travel in this summer.

    As long as they are the source for schedule cancellation, this should not overburden the passengers who booked with them. They need either to easy the refund processes or offer the routes, so that the passengers have to stick with their plans.

    There are a lot of students who stack here in Turkey, so they wanna fly by THY to see their families and come back before the start of semester in September.

    Otherwise they will loose the customers' loyalties and trust.

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  24. When will Turkish Airlines resume their fabulous TourIstanbul feature? I read it was suspended on March 10 out of concerns about coronavirus?

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