Istanbul, tourism, travel

Turkish Airlines offers again free Istanbul tours to its passengers

The Touristanbul service offers to Turkish Airlines transit passengers free tours through Istanbul’s main sights.

Turkish Airlines has announced that from July 1 it will again offer Istanbul free tours to international passengers in transit, a service that had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that offers six different tours of the Bosphorus metropolis, seven days a week.

This option is available free of charge as a complementary service for Turkish Airlines passengers who have their connecting flight in Istanbul with a layover at the airport of a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 24 hours.

After landing at Istanbul Airport, passengers who qualify for this option are accompanied by a guide and taken to the vehicle in which they will do the tour, and at the end of the tour they return to the airport. The sightseeing tour offered to transit passengers includes Istanbul’s main monuments and historical sites, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapı Palace.

“By offering this privileged service, we want to increase our number of transit passengers and increase our market share,” Turkish Airlines marketing chief Ahmet Olmuştur explained to media, recalling that this service had been suspended since 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. “Since 2009, 349,738 travellers have benefited from the Touristanbul program, and we anticipate that another 60,000 will be able to enjoy it by the end of the year,” he added.

Headquartered at Istanbul Airport, the Turkish state-owned airline Turkish Airlines currently flies to more than 330 destinations in 130 countries. Last year, 44.8 million travellers flew with this airline around the world; and in the first five months of 2022, the airline transported some 24 million travellers, of which 14.8 million were international passengers.