Turkish Airlines celebrated its brand new Seattle-Istanbul route with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 15, 2022. This follows the United Nations’ decision on June 2, 2022 to accept the request for change country name from Turkey to Türkiye.
Istanbul direct flights from Seattle and Vancouver
After launching its new Istanbul flights from Vancouver, Canada in May 2021, Turkish Airlines opened a new Pacific Northwest route between Seattle and the larger city of Türkiye.
The new Seattle-Istanbul flight operates four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) aboard the 300-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The flight lasts about twelve hours.
The addition of the Seattle route means that Turkish Airlines now has 17 North American gateways, including Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas Forth Worth, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as cities Canadian and Mexican. Later in 2022, gateways in Detroit and Denver will launch.
Turkish Airlines, member of Star Alliance, currently serves five continents and 129 countries, more than any other airline. You can fly to 340 destinations on board Turkish Airlines, including 287 international and 53 within Turkey.
Istanbul New Airport and Turkish Airlines Free Stopover Hotel
Istanbul’s new airport opened in 2019. When construction is complete, it is expected to be the largest in the world – it is already the largest airport built from scratch in the world. When completed, the planned capacity is 200 million passengers per year.
If you are just crossing Istanbul by plane to another destination, take advantage of Turkish Airlines Istanbul Ground Handling Service, reinstated after being suspended due to the Covid pandemic. This travel hack will get you a free 4 or 5 star hotel – book your trips so you have at least 20 hours layover time in Istanbul and Turkish Airlines will provide you with a hotel voucher. If you are traveling in economy class, it will be for a one-night stay in a four-star hotel. Business class passengers receive two nights in a five-star hotel. There is an additional program to extend stays starting at US$49 per night.
In Istanbul, the only city in the world on two continents, be sure to see Topkapi Palace, the magnificent interiors of Hagia Sophia, browse the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, and see if you can get all six minarets on a photo of the Blue Mosque.
Other must-see places in Türkiye include Cappadocia in the center of the country, famous for its underground cities, cave hotels and “fairy chimneys”, all created from volcanic tuff. You will also want to see the tiered white mineral pools of Pamukkale and the ancient spa town of Hierapolis, the ancient city of Ephesus which was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, as well as take a “blue cruise” on along the Türkiye Riviera.
However long you stay, be sure to visit a hammam to experience the traditional Turkish scrub and massage.