Fancy a long weekend on the banks of the Bosporus, this year it will be easier than ever after news that Turkish Airlines are to introduce a direct connection between Dubrovnik and Istanbul. Dubrovnik Airport has announced that Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national airline, are to start flights between Istanbul and Dubrovnik for this summer season. From the 27th of June to the 29th of October Turkish Airlines will link the two cities with four flights a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Reports on the specialised business website seebiz.eu confirm that Turkish Airlines will introduce their second regular service to Croatia after flights from Zagreb to Istanbul. This will be the first time that Turkish Airlines has operated to a coastal destination in Croatia and is sure to attract many Turkish tourists to Dubrovnik this summer season. As yet the price of the tickets is unknown as ticket sales have yet to go online.
In 2014 a total of 26,220 Turkish tourists visited Croatia, of which 17,398 stayed on the Croatian coastline. And as Dubrovnik already has three Turkish owned and operated hotels, Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik, The Pucic Palace and Villa Dubrovnik, the city should benefit from the introduction of these new flights. Discussions into the introduction of these flights began a few years ago, however due to the problem of Turkish nationals requiring a visa to enter the country the negotiations were placed on hold.