Turkish Airlines Opens Manila

Direct Flights Starts Winter 2011

July 25, 2011

Turkish Airlines enters code share deal with Philippine Airlines to offer flights from Manila to İstanbul via Hong Kong as it waits for aircraft delivery from Boeing

After failing to secure Fifth Freedom Rights from Bangkok, Turkey’s national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY), has decided to fly to the Philippine capital direct beginning winter of 2011.

The airline opened a representative office in Manila recently. It plans to commence 3 times a week service to Istanbul. Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 169 aircraft and flies to 180 destinations worldwide.

“We have already started working to launch direct flights to Manila. We will place many newspaper ads here soon,” THY’s general manager in the Pacific region, Salih Keçe, said at the inauguration of its Manila office Saturday.

Initially, Turkish Airlines would ferry its passengers from Manila to Istanbul via Hongkong as it waits for Boeing aircraft delivery at the end of the year. THY currently fly to Hong Kong daily except Monday.

"We will be cooperating with Philippine Airlines to offer flights from Manila to İstanbul via Hong Kong" Keçe, said .

Accordingly, THY's passengers to Manila need to transfer and take a Philippine Airlines plane to Hong Kong and then a direct THY flight to İstanbul. They can buy tickets for both flights at THY’s office in the Philippine capital.

Turkish Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (TCCP) President İrfan Karabulut said that there are 35,000 passengers who travel between the two countries each year.

Turkish Airlines flight to Manila should contribute to the economic ties between Turkey and the Philippines.

The best airline in Europe for 2011 World Airline Awards given by Skytrak which is known as the Oscars of the aviation industry, flies to a total of 142 destinations directly, said Temel Kotil, The airline's CEO.

“THY has already placed orders for 10 planes to fly to African countries and is readying to start direct flights to Manila, the capital of the Philippines soon. We are just waiting for the planes to arrive” he said.

The airline which also won the Skytrak World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat and Best Airline Southern Europe awards is a member of the Star Alliance group.


  1. Another european airline? impossib;e!

    1. I like Turkish Airliners, I want to go to Manila direct from istanbul to Philippines.

  2. Another european airline? impossible!

  3. This is great that Turkish Airlines will fly direct to Manila!
    I'm so glad that Thailand denied Turkish Airlines Fifth Freedom Rights from Bangkok!

  4. Turkish Airlines new routes in 2011

    10 January 2011

    The Europe’s fastest growing airline company, Turkish Airlines will add new destinations on its rapidly expanding network this year. The world’s eighth-largest carrier by number of destinations, Turkish Airlines is planning to launch flights to 11 new destinations.

    According to the flight program confirmed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport, Turkish Airlines will begin to operate 3 weekly flights to Guangzhou (China) on 30th January 2011, 4 weekly flights to Los Angeles (USA) on 3rd March 2011, 4 weekly flights to Shiraz (Iran) on 14th March 2011.

    Turkish Airlines is also planning to start new flights to Malaga (Spain), Salonika (Greece), Valencia (Spain), Toulouse (France), Manila (Philippines), Naples (Italy), Turin (Italy), Genoa (Italy) in the year 2011.

    A Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines currently flies to 171 destinations, including 130 international and 41 domestic routes.

    You can receive all the detailed information regarding Turkish Airlines on our web site by clicking on www.thy.com.

    Turkish Airlines, Inc
    Media Relations

    1. what happen to this suppose flight of Turkish to Manila

    2. They have problems with slot allocations and their propose schedule. All their requested time slot is not available

    3. Why don't they try Clark International Airport as alternative airport?

  5. I will be happy to fly to Manila with Turkish Airlines. But I am also sad, that they won't get the rights for BKK-MNL-BKK too, because that would be a cheap way to fly between those 2 cities too (at the moment very expensive with TG or KU and also J5 if you have carry many bags).

  6. Istanbul - Hongkong - Manila would be nicer because there is no Star Alliance Carrier yet flying between HKG and MNL. Between BKK and MNL there is only Thai Airways, but they have very high prices! I would also prefer a service IST - PVG - MNL or IST - TPE - MNL. Within Asia there are still many nice routes left by any Star Alliance Carrier.

  7. Turkish Airlines runs a wall on the Hong Kong stop. Negotiations with PAL failed. Airline sources said they will be meeting again. There is no fifth freedom from HKG. Best case scenario, follow the KLM lead or fly direct.

  8. THY's GM Mr.Kotil mentioned to the Turkish press that Manila is the next destination in Asia they will launch shortly. (August 2012)