After more than 25 years have passed, Turkish Airlines is pleased to be making a return to Newark Liberty International Airport. Turkish Airlines has announced plans to operate the nonstop Istanbul-Newark route with effect from May 25, 2020. The Star Alliance airline serviced Newark for a short stint from October 1992 to October 1994.
In short, Turkish Airlines is boosting capacity to New York. The Istanbul-Newark route complements the carrier's existing Istanbul-New York JFK service, of which Turkish Airlines has made it clear it will not be reducing frequencies for its existing flights to New York JFK.
This is a once daily service to be operated using Turkish Airlines' Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Travelers looking to shuttle between Newark and Istanbul should be incredibly thrilled to shave hours off their journeys once the route launches. At the moment, there aren't any nonstop service offered by carriers that let travelers fly direct between Newark and Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines' Airbus A330-300 aircraft offers seats in Business Class arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration. This is unfortunate for solo flyers as not all seats offer direct aisle access. Economy Class passengers, on the contrary, will be happy to know the widebody plane offers a pretty comfortable Economy Class experience with seats arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.
According to Turkish Airlines, the daily flight TK029 is scheduled to depart Istanbul at 18:35 and arrive in Newark at 22:30 on the same day. The return flight TK030 is scheduled to depart Newark at 00:25 with same-day arrival in Istanbul at 17:10. All times local.
Istanbul is 8 hours ahead of Newark, by the way. While the scheduled flight timings aren't the best for those looking to combat the effects of jet lag, Turkish Airlines' nonstop Istanbul-Newark is undeniably a convenient one for travelers who want to get to and from the two destinations in the quickest way possible.