Turkish Airlines

The national flag carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 by the government of Turkey, starting life with just five, four and one-seater planes. In 1945, the first Douglas DC-3 was used on their first international flight from Ankara to Istanbul to Athens and has gone from strength to strength ever since, becoming part of the Star Alliance in 2006. With headquarters based in Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines now operates scheduled flights to nearly 300 destinations throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, including flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Get the low-down on luggage allowance with Turkish Airlines' baggage allowance rules.

*Information on this page is correct as of March 2017

Why Fly with Turkish Airlines

How to Check In

Turkish Airlines offer an online check-in service, available from 24 hours and up to 90 minutes before take-off. Passengers are also able to print their boarding pass before travelling to save time at the airport. Simply go to the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the website to check-in online. They can also be printed free of charge at one of the airline’s airport self-service kiosks. Customers can check-in at any Turkish Airlines counter at the airport two hours before departure of their flight. For airport check-ins, at least 2 hours before the allotted departure time should be allowed for international flights, or 90 minutes for domestic flights.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

There is a free cabin baggage allowance on all Turkish Airline flights. This is limited to any bag not exceeding 8 kg in weight and 55cm x 40cm x 23cm in dimension. Unlike many other airlines this does not include laptops, baby bags and coats. Hold luggage also comes with a free allowance that varies depending on the type of ticket. On most flights including those to the UAE, Economy passengers can bring 20kg while Business class passengers are allowed up to 30kg in weight. Excess baggage fees will be charged for those exceeding their allowances - rates vary according to your destination.


Seating on Turkish Airlines planes is fairly generous. Standard Economy seat flyers can enjoy 32 inches of leg room, while in Premier Class you can stretch out with a massive 46 inches. First Class travelers get an ‘almost horizontal’ 90 inches of space, while fully reclining flat-beds are available to all travelers in Business Class. When checking-in with Turkish Airlines, either online or at the airport, seating can be selected at no additional charge. Looking to compare Business and Economy? Check out our guide to Business class versus Economy class.

Booking Fees

Turkish Airlines charges a service fee on both international and domestic flights. For international flights, those in Economy are charged 55AED*, while in Business Class this is increased to 180AED*. Service fees vary on domestic flights according to your destination but are cheaper than international fees.

* These prices are converted from USD to AED and correct as of March 2017. Always check with the airline for the most up-to-date price conversion.

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