sk736
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Question About TK To ATH

Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:50 pm

I've been doing some trip planning for a flight from MAN to ATH. An interesting option came up whcih was TK from MAN to IST then connecting at IST to a flight to ATH. This is a bit more expensive than a direct flight or a connection through LHR, but I'm happy to pay a bit more for an interesting routing!

My question is about flying TK between Turkey and Greece, given these two countries' relatively recent political history and the Cyprus situation. Are there any issues with flying on a Turkish airline to Greece, or are the flights treated in just the same way as every other flight?
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:23 pm

Quoting sk736 (Thread starter):
relatively recent political history and the Cyprus situation.

Absolutely no issues flying between two countries,
Most of the world thinks that Turks and Greeks fight each other, but most of the time we play backgammon when together.
I think TK flies mostly A320s, 3 x daily.
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:27 pm

Quoting sk736 (Thread starter):
An interesting option came up whcih was TK from MAN to IST then connecting at IST to a flight to ATH.

Another interesting option would be SIA from MAN to MUC, connecting to AIR CHINA MUC-ATH - unfortunately, due to the early departure, a night stop in MUC will be necessary!
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:45 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
Another interesting option would be SIA from MAN to MUC, connecting to AIR CHINA MUC-ATH - unfortunately, due to the early departure, a night stop in MUC will be necessary!

Now that's got me thinking  
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:14 pm

While on the subject......Turkey has also changed their visa requirements, as well. I was there a few weeks ago.

Visas are no longer required from UK, Russian or Greek citizens; however some(but not all) other EU countries still have to get visa upon arrival(Spain and Malta come to mind). Armenian and Cyprus passport holders can now get visa upon arrival....just to give you some idea on the changes in the documentation for Turkey.

Please also note that Turkish also flies from IST to Thessaloniki. This may(or may not) be convenient....depending on where in Greece you want to go. Usually people say ATH because they don't know of any other entry point into GR.

The service on Turkish is very good, by the way......
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:01 am

Quoting sk736 (Thread starter):
An interesting option came up whcih was TK from MAN to IST then connecting at IST to a flight to ATH. This is a bit more expensive than a direct flight or a connection through LHR, but I'm happy to pay a bit more for an interesting routing!

My question is about flying TK between Turkey and Greece, given these two countries' relatively recent political history and the Cyprus situation. Are there any issues with flying on a Turkish airline to Greece, or are the flights treated in just the same way as every other flight?

No issues at all and a great choice . I have used TK YYZ-IST-ATH and also will be using them more DUB-IST-ATH. I prefer the longer flight then a 50mins hop to ATH. Also TK have a very good product. So with good fares and connections its become a very viable and easy option. Oh BTW dont forget duty free too  
Quoting TK787 (Reply 1):
Most of the world thinks that Turks and Greeks fight each other, but most of the time we play backgammon when together.

Indeed and great to see  
Quoting FreshSide3 (Reply 4):
Greek citizens;

Greeks have not needed visas for a long time now.
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:59 am

Quoting TK787 (Reply 1):
I think TK flies mostly A320s, 3 x daily.

The equipment has almost consistently been A319 lately. Most likely due to low demand during winter months... During summer however, the flights are usually a mix of 738/320 and 321s
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:39 pm

Quoting FreshSide3 (Reply 4):
Visas are no longer required from UK, Russian or Greek citizens

According to the UK FCO's website, visas for UK citizens are still required (upon arrival): http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-...ry/europe/turkey#entryRequirements
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:44 am

Quoting bgm (Reply 7):
According to the UK FCO's website, visas for UK citizens are still required (upon arrival):

From what I saw at IST airport, the sign told UK citizens to go to the other line, with the countries that don't need visas. I also saw that Spanish citizens needed visas......and Maltese passport holders need to get a visa, but they are free(unlike most countries).

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Greeks have not needed visas for a long time now.

Did not notice that when I went three years ago when I went to Antalya......but then again, I did not pay attention to what everyone else needed. I presumed they needed a visa.

Quoting TK787 (Reply 1):
Most of the world thinks that Turks and Greeks fight each other, but most of the time we play backgammon when together.

Most of the Turks I know just want to play soccer, and could care less about politics.
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:23 am

Quoting bgm (Reply 7):
According to the UK FCO's website, visas for UK citizens are still required

...for entering Turkey; but a visa is not required if you arrive at an international airport (IST Atatürk) and you are only in transit (holding confirmed onward ticket).
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:40 am

Quoting FreshSide3 (Reply 4):
Visas are no longer required from UK, Russian or Greek citizens;

According to the Turksih foreign ministry website that's true for Russia (for a 30 day stay) and Greece (for a 90 day stay) but not for the UK. UK visitors still require a visa which can be issued on arrival permitting a stay of up to 3 months.
 
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RE: Question About TK To ATH

Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:29 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 9):
...for entering Turkey; but a visa is not required if you arrive at an international airport (IST Atatürk) and you are only in transit (holding confirmed onward ticket).
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10):
According to the Turksih foreign ministry website that's true for Russia (for a 30 day stay) and Greece (for a 90 day stay) but not for the UK. UK visitors still require a visa which can be issued on arrival permitting a stay of up to 3 months.

Still, I wonder why the sign said for the UK passport holders just to proceed to the other line?? Programming error on the electronic sign, perhaps??

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