Turkish Airlines Launches Stopover In Istanbul Program For Indian Travellers; Free Stay And Activities, Anyone?

Turkish Airlines is offering free hotel accommodations and a chance to explore the city for Indian travellers during layovers with the “Stopover In Istanbul” programme.

by Tashika Tyagi
Turkish Airlines Launches  Stopover In Istanbul Program For Indian Travellers; Free Stay And Activities, Anyone?

Long layovers are one of the biggest killjoys during vacations! However, Turkish Airlines is turning a long layover into a mini-vacation for Indian travellers! The airlines launched the “Stopover in Istanbul” programme in India to allow its passengers to explore the fascinating city during layovers. This experience will be as good as free because the airline is offering free hotel accommodation in the city during this time! Read on for all the details!

Stopover In Istanbul – Have A Mini Vacation With Turkish Airlines

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You no longer have to sit and whine about long layovers inside an airport – thanks to Turkish Airlines! To encourage Indian travellers, the airline has introduced its “Stopover in Istanbul” programme in India. This programme enables Indian travellers flying with the airline to explore Istanbul during their layovers. Passengers flying with Turkish Airlines can enjoy free accommodation in the city and enjoy the rich history, culture, and shopping experiences that it is known for!

As part of this programme, the airline is offering free accommodation in select partner hotels that will allow the passengers to have a mini vacation during long layovers! Seeing the surge of Indian travellers in European destinations after the pandemic, Turkish Airlines initiated this programme to urge them to take a pitstop in Istanbul during layovers.

Talking about this programme, Mahmut Yayla, Turkish Airlines Director of Sales, said, “We are dedicated to enhancing the travel experiences of our Indian passengers. Our ‘Stopover in Istanbul’ programme underscores our commitment to providing exceptional services. Through complimentary stays in our partner hotels, we invite Indian travellers to discover the vibrant charm of Istanbul during their layovers, enriching their journey with cultural immersion and memorable moments.”

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Everything You Need To Know About This Exciting Layover Offer


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So, how can you avail this complimentary stopover in Istanbul? If you have a layover period of at least 20 hours, then you’re eligible to participate in this programme. You have to apply for this programme and give necessary details in the form. These include details like name, reservation code (PNR), ticket number, preferred accommodation dates, room type, telephone number, and more. Upon completion of this, the airline will issue vouchers for free stay to them!

Additionally, the airline also offers “Touristanbul” to all its international transfer passengers with a layover time of 6-24 hours. This is a free layover service that allows the flyer to explore the city in the layover period and explore all the iconic places for free. This Stopover Accommodation service is available at 108 destinations across 42 countries including India. Business Class flyers can enjoy a two-night stay in a 5-star hotel with this programme. As for Economy Class passengers, they are offered one night in a 4-star hotel.

Now that’s one great way to spend long layovers! What do you think about this layover vacation plan? Let us know in the comments!

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