Turkish Airlines (Türk Hava Yolları; codes: TK, THY) is an excellent, world-class international airline with worldwide routes and domestic connections to every important Turkish city.
It’s a member of Star Alliance along with Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, United, US Airways, and other important companies.
THY has non-stop transatlantic flights between Istanbul and Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Toronto, Washington DC; from most major European and Asian, and some African cities, to Istanbul.
THY’s aircraft fleet is relatively new and its safety record is good. Terminal and in-flight service is generally of a high European standard, security is better than most, and everybody speaks English. More on flights & fares.
Most other major European national airlines (Alitalia, Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Olympic, SAS, etc) also have flights to Istanbul, as do Delta Air Lines and United from the USA.
Within Turkey, THY runs domestic flights from its Istanbul hub to every important city, town and tourist resort in the country (map: Regions & Major Cities) including Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, İzmir and Kayseri(for Cappadocia). Its low-fare domestic subsidiary, AnadoluJet, flies to many more cities. Here’s how to get the best fares on Turkish domestic flights.
The best Turkish Airlines domestic fares are available on the Turkish Airlines website. Select “Türkiye” as your country (and “English” as your language, if you wish.) After you select a flight and a fare, you will be shown a screen that will add a “Ticket-buying Service Fee” of about 13% to the fare you first saw. It’s a strange addition: they’re charging you to buy a ticket, something you’d think they’d want to encourage. It would be better if they just called it a “Service Fee.”
You can also make your reservations via any of my recommended travel agencies in Turkey. Please read this on how to get the best fares on Turkish domestic flights.
—by Tom Brosnahan