Turkish Airlines: Discover İstanbul with Touristanbul

The national Turkish carrier announced the restart of a complimentary city tour it offers guests

The Turkish national flag carrier, considered one of the largest by the number of passenger destinations, relaunches Touristanbul, one of the special services it offers its guests – to enjoy a taste of İstanbul with a complimentary city tour offered to international transit passengers.

With this complimentary city tour, Turkish Airlines provides guests with a connecting time between 6-24 hours in İstanbul Airport, the opportunity to discover İstanbul’s historical and cultural wonders, such as Sultanahmet Mosque, Ayasofya Mosque, and Topkapı Palace.

As part of the service, passengers who are between flights are picked up from İstanbul Airport by Touristanbul vehicle, embark on a city tour accompanied by a guide, and brought back to the airport for their next leg.

Ahmet Olmuştur. Photo: Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmuştur commented on the restart of the project: “With the Touristanbul project, we aim to showcase Turkish hospitality and İstanbul’s unique wonders to our guests and contribute to tourism of Türkiye. Our aim is to increase transfer passenger numbers and market share with this privileged service.

“After being suspended due to COVID-19 in 2020, Touristanbul is now restarting. Before the pandemic, 349,738 guests had the chance to discover İstanbul with the service. The satisfaction of our guests opting for the tour, along with an increase in the number of passengers, is providing us with motivation for the future of the program. We expect approximately 60,000 guests to benefit from Touristanbul by the end of the year.”

And if you’re anxious about missing your next flight, have no fear. The program takes into consideration the guests’ flight plan, offering six different tour types every day, so passengers can choose the one that suits their flight times.

Touristanbul outside Topkapı Palace. Photo: Turkish Airlines


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