Turkish Airlines to launch Boston-Istanbul flight at Logan Airport

Turkish Airlines will start flying between Boston and Istanbul in May of 2014, establishing Logan International Airport’s only nonstop service to the Middle East and opening up India and Africa to local travelers who would otherwise have to connect in the United States.

The flight, which will be five days a week at first and then move to daily service, will be on a twin-aisle, 289-seat Airbus A330.

More than 29,000 people flew between Boston and Istanbul in 2012, and local demand is higher for several destinations that Turkish Airlines serves from its Istanbul hub, including Tel Aviv, Athens, Mumbai, and Delhi. Beirut, Dubai, Nairobi, and Johannesburg are also popular cities for Boston travelers.

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Turkish Airlines has grown rapidly, with a nearly 26 percent increase in global ticket sales from January to June of this year compared to last year. US ticket sales to Turkey have increased 10 percent.

Istanbul will be Logan’s 34th international destination, following the launch of Copa Airlines’ flight to Panama earlier this month and Japan Airlines’ service to Tokyo last year.