I have noticed that airfare from US to Istanbul is considerably less than every other European city I've searched for this upcoming October. Under $700 for a roundtrip ticket when I searched on Kayak. Can anyone explain why its so low, because it seems too good to be true.
Turkish Air is trying to build market share and become a global go-to airline - I paid about $530 to fly to Istanbul and had a great experience
Turkish Air is rapidly becoming a top notch airline. Their service is
good and food is better than most. I have flown TA both international and domestic and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
Note that the question has to do with cost to a destination rather than a particualar air carrier. Delta/KLM/AF usually beat the TK/LH crowd out of the Atlanta hub, but Istanbul remains cheaper than Paris and London no matter who you fly. What remains is the cost of getting to western Europe and back if that's the intent.
True. Some competition lives. I flew "name brand" airlines to Turkey for $576. Less than Chicago to Seattle. And I found that to get to Barcelona, Spain it was least expensive gong through Istanbul. I too think it is landing fees, and trying to establish market share. Maybe even a government subsidy to encourage tourist dollars.
i just flew nyc - brussels, back to nyc from istanbul. $636 total. my route was: brussels to paris - $27 on thalys paris to naples - $87 flight naples to rome - $11 train rome - sarajevo $111 flight sarajevo to nis - (i dont remember how much this cost, it was CHEAP though) nis - sofia (again, dont remember, but it was also cheap) sofia - veliko tarnovo - (third time, dont remember)
veliko tarnovo - istanbul - 40 bulgarian leva budgeting $20 for the three legs i dont remember (im sure it was under $20 each) it was around $850 total. all the places i visited were places i actually wanted to see. when i was pricing flights to sarajevo - a lot of flights had layovers in istanbul. so i assume if i had skipped sarajevo and went straight from italy to istanbul, it would have been a lot cheaper.