Home
The World's Airlines

Past, Present & Future

 Airline Tickets

Home WorldAfricaAmericasEuropeRest of WorldTicketsHistory
Turkey is in south-eastern Europe and south-western Asia, bordered on the northwest by Bulgaria and Greece, on the north by the Black Sea, on the northeast by Georgia and Armenia, on the east by Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Naxçývan, on the south by Iraq, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, and on the west by the Aegean Sea. The total area of Turkey is 779,452 sq km (300,948 sq mi). The capital is Ankara; Istanbul is the largest city
Latest updates

>renamed to - >>merged in or absorbed - +> assets taken over - =>> merger resulted in new airline

  dates are searchable using ddmmyyyy

April 28, 2017On 24Apr2017, Borajet announced that they will temporarily suspend their operations [status change]
December 17, 2016Doruk Tourism Trade & Industry, was the rotary-wing division of Doruk & established at Antalya in 1994 to transport tourists to historic sites in the local vicinity [added]
July 26, 2016No information as yet on Rey Airlines [added]
AirlineOperating DatesStatus

ACT Airlines   

2005 - 2011Renamed

^ Comments : MyCargo was established in 2003 & started operations on 29Jun2005 as ACT Airlines

^ Genealogy : ACT Airlines >MyCargo

Active Air (Active Aero)  updated

1995 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments : Greenair was founded in 1990 to fly Turkish expatriate workers and tourists from destinations in Germany and Paris, London, Milan and Amsterdam to Turkey. Ceased operations in Dec1994 [ACTIVE AIR was formed in 1995 after GREENAIR had ceased operations]

^ Genealogy : Greenair +>Active Air

Air Alfa Hava Yollari  updated

1992 - 2001Inactive

^ Comments : Air Alfa Hava Yollari was formed in 1992 & operated charter flights to European destinations. Air Alfa ceased operations in Dec2001 & had its licence revoked on 17Nov2002

^ Genealogy :  

Air Anatolia  updated

1999 - 2002Inactive

^ Comments : Air Anatolia was formerly known as GTI Airlines (founded in 1996). Istanbul based charter carrier that ceased operations in 2002

^ Genealogy : GTI Airlines >Air Anatolia

Air Rose  updated

1999 - 2000Renamed

^ Comments : Air Rose, founded in 1997, was an operator of B737-300 offering charter flights throughout Europe. Suspended flights in early 2000 and was restarted under the name of Euro Sun

^ Genealogy : Air Rose >Euro Sun

Air Turkya  updated

2011 - 2011Renamed

^ Comments : Airberlin Turkey, a joint venture between Airberlin and Pegasus Airlines, launched operations on 01Nov2011 between Antalya and Stuttgart as Air Turkya. Renamed to airberlin Turkey in 2011. Ceased operations in Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Air Turkya >airberlin Turkey

airberlin Turkey  updated

2011 - 2013Inactive

^ Comments : Airberlin Turkey, a joint venture between Airberlin and Pegasus Airlines, launched operations on 01Nov2011 between Antalya and Stuttgart as Air Turkya. Renamed to airberlin Turkey in 2011. Ceased operations in Mar2013

^ Genealogy : Air Turkya >airberlin Turkey

Airgroup Havacilik   

1994* - 1994Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Akdeniz Airlines (Air Mediterranean)  updated

1995 - 1995Inactive

^ Comments : Akdeniz Hava Yollari, which was the official name for Akdeniz Airlines, was founded in 1995. Services began in June 1995 and by Dec1995 the airline had ceased operations and all three aircraft were returned to the lessors

^ Genealogy :  

Albatros Batros Hava Yollari (Air Albatros)  updated

1992 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments : Albatros Batros Hava Yollari (Air Albatros) was formed in 1992 & began operations in May1992 with B727-200 to transport German tourists to holiday resorts in Turkey. It ceased operations in Mar1996

^ Genealogy :  

Alpha Air   

2002 - 2002Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Anadolu Airlines   

1989 - 1989Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Anadolu Express   

2000* - 2001Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

AnadoluJet  updated

2008 - dateActive

^ Comments : Turkish Airlines established Anadolujet on 23Apr2008 for lo-cost services. Was rebranded from Turkish Express prior to it starting operations. On 04Sep2008, the airline started international flights connecting Hatay and Ercan International Airport

^ Genealogy : Turkish Express >AnadoluJet

Anex (An Express)   

2000* - 2001Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ankair (Anka Air)   

2008 - 2008Inactive

^ Comments : World Focus Air was formed in 2005 as Ank Air Rebranded on 24Jan2008 & ceased operations on 21Jul2008 Subsiduary of Turkish travel agency Ani Tur. Internal and domestic charter services

^ Genealogy : World Focus Air >Ankair

Antalya Airways   

**** - ****Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Atlas International Airways  updated

2001 - 2004Renamed

^ Comments : [AtlasGlobal was formed on 14Mar2001 & started operations on 01Jun2001 as Atlas International Airways. Renamed to Atlasjet. Renamed to current name on 31Mar2015. Charter carrier based in Antalya]

^ Genealogy : Atlas International Airways >Atlasjet International Airways >Atlasjet Airlines >AtlasGlobal

AtlasGlobal  updated

2015 - dateActive

^ Comments : AtlasGlobal was formed on 14Mar2001 & started operations on 01Jun2001 as Atlas International Airways. Renamed to Atlasjet & then to current name on 31Mar2015. Charter carrier based in Antalya

^ Genealogy : Atlas International Airways >Atlasjet International Airways >Atlasjet Airlines >AtlasGlobal

Atlasjet  updated

2013* - 2015Renamed

^ Comments : [AtlasGlobal was formed on 14Mar2001 & started operations on 01Jun2001 as Atlas International Airways. Renamed to Atlasjet. Renamed to current name on 31Mar2015. Charter carrier based in Antalya ]

^ Genealogy : Atlas International Airways >Atlasjet International Airways >Atlasjet >AtlasGlobal

Atlasjet International Airways  updated

2004 - 2013*Renamed

^ Comments : [AtlasGlobal was formed on 14Mar2001 & started operations on 01Jun2001 as Atlas International Airways. Renamed to Atlasjet. Renamed to current name on 31Mar2015. Charter carrier based in Antalya ]

^ Genealogy : Atlas International Airways >Atlasjet International Airways >Atlasjet Airlines >AtlasGlobal

Atlasjet Iraq   

(2012)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Avia Cargo System (Avia Kargo Havayollari)   

1994* - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ayjet   

(2008)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

BAL (BAL Havayolları)  updated

1977* - 1981Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Baron Air Cargo   

2004 - 2004Renamed

^ Comments : ULS Airlines Cargo started operations in 2004 as Baron Air Cargo. Renamed to Kuzu Cargo Airlines in 2004 & was rebranded to current name on 03Jul2009

^ Genealogy : Baron Air Cargo >Kuzu Cargo Airlines >ULS Airlines Cargo

Bata Airlines   

2002 - 2002Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

BestAir   

2006 - 2010Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Birgenair   

1988 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Blue Line Aviation   

1992* - 1992*Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Bogazici Air Transport (Bosphorus Air Transport)  updated

1987 - 1989Inactive

^ Comments : Boğaziçi Hava Taşımacılığı (Bogazici Air Transport) was formed in 1986 as a cargo and passenger carrier

^ Genealogy :  

Bora Jet Exclusive Charter   

2008* - 2010Renamed

^ Comments : BoraJet was formed in 2008 as Bora Jet Exclusive Charter

^ Genealogy : Bora Jet Exclusive Charter >BoraJet

BoraJet  updated

2010 - 2017Restarting

^ Comments : BoraJet was formed in 2008 as Bora Jet Exclusive Charter & started operations on 07May2010. Initially linked 11 destinations with a fleet of four ATR72-500s. On 24Apr2017, the company announced that they will temporarily suspend their operations and 30,000 existing flight reservations would be transferred to Turkish Airlines. The reason for this suspension was declared by BoraJet as restructuring process to prepare itself for Istanbul’s new airport

^ Genealogy : Bora Jet Exclusive Charter >BoraJet

Bosphorus Airways   

1992 - 1994Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Bosphorus European Airways (BEA)   

2002 - 2004Inactive

^ Comments : Bosphorus European Airways (BEA) was a charter airline operating services between Turkey and Western Europe. Ceased operations.

^ Genealogy :  

Bursa Airlines   

1977 - 1981Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CAT (Cargo Air Transport)  updated

2003* - 2004*Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CAT Cargo Air Transport   

1994 - 1997Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Cebiair   

(1998*)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Corendon  updated

2005 - dateActive

^ Comments : Corendon was founded in Nov2004 with flight operations starting in Apr2005. Low-cost carrier out of Istanbul

^ Genealogy :  

Dardanel Air   

1999 - 1999Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

DHY (Devlet Hava Yollari)   

1938 - 1956Renamed

^ Comments : THY was formed in Ankara as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi on 20May1933 and began operations on 15Aug1933. Renamed to DHY (Devlet Hava Yollari) in 1938

^ Genealogy : Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi >DHY >THY (Turkish Airlines)

Dogus Air   

1998* - 2000Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Doruk Tourism Trade & Industry   

1994* - 2000*Status?

^ Comments : Doruk Tourism Trade & Industry was founded 1994. It was the rotary-wing division of Doruk & established at Antalya in 1994 to transport tourists to historic sites in the local vicinity. Additional cargo and passenger charters are also undertaken as contracted

^ Genealogy :  

Ekspress Airlines   

1999 - 1999Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

EuroSun (Euro Sun)  updated

2000 - 2001Inactive

^ Comments : Air Rose, founded in 1997, was an operator of B737-300 offering charter flights throughout Europe. Suspended flights in early 2000 and was restarted under the name of Euro Sun

^ Genealogy : Air Rose >Euro Sun

Express Airlines   

(2001)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Fly Air (FlyAir)   

2002 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

FreeBird Airlines  updated

2001 - dateActive

^ Comments : FreeBird Airlines was established in Jun2000 & started operations with a service between Istanbul and Lyon on 05Apr2001. It operates holiday charter flights to Europe, Israel and Lebanon from Turkish holiday resorts.

^ Genealogy :  

Global Air Cargo   

1996 - 1999Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Golden Horn Aviation   

1990* - 1994*Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Golden International Airlines   

2007 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Greenair  updated

1990 - 1994Renamed

^ Comments : Greenair was founded in 1990 to fly Turkish expatriate workers and tourists from destinations in Germany and Paris, London, Milan and Amsterdam to Turkey. Ceased operations in Dec1994 [ACTIVE AIR was formed in 1995 after GREENAIR had ceased operations]

^ Genealogy : Greenair +>Active Air

GTI Airlines  updated

1996 - 1999Renamed

^ Comments : Air Anatolia was formerly known as GTI Airlines (founded in 1996). Istanbul based charter carrier that ceased operations in 2002

^ Genealogy : GTI Airlines >Air Anatolia

Guven Air   

1999* - 2000Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Han Air   

1997 - 1997Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi (State Airlines Administration)   

1933 - 1938Renamed

^ Comments : THY was formed in Ankara as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi on 20May1933 and began operations on 15Aug1933. Renamed to DHY (Devlet Hava Yollari) in 1938

^ Genealogy : Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi >DHY >THY (Turkish Airlines)

Holiday Airlines   

1994 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Holland Air   

1994 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Imsik   

1988 - 1988Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Inter Airlines (Inter Express)  updated

2002 - 2008Inactive

^ Comments : Inter Airlines was founded in Dec1999 & started operations on 04Apr2002 on charter flights between Turkey and European destinations. Ceased operations on 18Nov2008. Fully owned by Birce Tours

^ Genealogy :  

Istair   

1986 - 1988Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Istanbul Airlines  updated

1986 - 2000Inactive

^ Comments : Istanbul Airlines was a scheduled and charter passenger services. License revoked in 2000 by Turkish Authorities. It had MARMARA AIR merge in prior to it's start

^ Genealogy : >Istanbul Airlines

Izair   

2006 - dateActive

^ Comments : Izair was formed in 2005 as Izmir Hava Yollari & started operations on 14Jun2006

^ Genealogy : Izmir Hava Yollari >Izair

Izmir Hava Yollari   

2006 - 2006Renamed

^ Comments : Izmir Hava Yollari was founded in 2005 & renamed to Izair in 2006

^ Genealogy : Izmir Hava Yollari >Izair

Karadeniz Hava Yollari   

1980* - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Kuzu Cargo Airlines   

2004 - 2009Renamed

^ Comments : ULS Airlines Cargo started operations in 2004 as Baron Air Cargo. Renamed to Kuzu Cargo Airlines in 2004 & was rebranded to current name on 03Jul2009

^ Genealogy : Baron Air Cargo >Kuzu Cargo Airlines >ULS Airlines Cargo

MacStar   

2010* - dateActive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Marin Air   

2004 - 2004Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Marmara Air   

(1986)Renamed

^ Comments : Istanbul Airlines had Marmara Air merge in prior to it's start

^ Genealogy : Marmara Air >>Istanbul Airlines

Mas Air   

1995 - 1995Inactive

^ Comments : Mas Air was founded in Istanbul in late 1994

^ Genealogy :  

MMM Aero Services   

1997 - 2002*Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

MNG Airlines (MNG Kargo)   

1997 - dateActive

^ Comments : MNG Airlines started operations on 30Nov1997

^ Genealogy :  

MyCARGO   

2011 - dateActive

^ Comments : MyCARGO was established in 2003 & started operations on 29Jun2005 as ACT Airlines

^ Genealogy : ACT Airlines >MyCargo

Nesu Air  updated

1986 - 1989Inactive

^ Comments : Nesu Air started as a an air-taxi operator in 1983 and moved into airline operation in 1988. Flew DC3 aircraft on nostalgic flights out of Antalya and Capadocia until the airline went out of business in 1989

^ Genealogy :  

Noble Air   

1989 - 1991Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Onur Air (Onur Havayolları Taşımacılık)   

1992 - dateActive

^ Comments : Onur Air was established on 14Apr1992 & first flight on 14May1992 to the Ercan Airport in Northern Republic of Cyprus. International and regional scheduled passenger and cargo carrier out of Istanbul Ataturk International

^ Genealogy :  

Orex (Orbit Express Airlines)   

2003 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments : Orex (Orbit Express Airlines) was formed in Feb2003 & began operations in Apr2003. Cargo carrier initially operating between Istanbul and Dubai + Ostend

^ Genealogy :  

Orex Airlines   

(2008)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Oriental Express   

(2001)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pan Havacilik   

2004 - 2006Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Park Express   

1999 - 2001Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Pegasus Airlines  updated

1990 - dateActive

^ Comments : Net and Silkar, partnered with Aer Lingus to create an inclusive tour charter airline called Pegasus Airlines on 01Dec1989 and services were inaugurated on 15Apr1990. Charter airline providing holiday flights to Turkey from various points in northern Europe.

^ Genealogy :  

Rey Airlines   

2016* - dateActive

^ Comments : No information as yet on Rey Airlines

^ Genealogy :  

Rose Air   

1998 - 1998Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Saga Airlines   

2004 - 2013Inactive

^ Comments : Saga Airlines was formed in 2004 & started operations in Jun2004. It was owned by Abdulkadir Kolot. Saga Airlines ceased its operations in May2013

^ Genealogy :  

Seabird Airlines  updated

2012 - 2015Inactive

^ Comments : Seabird Airlines was founded on 11Feb2010 by company chairman Kursad Arusan. Awarded its AOC on 14Feb2012 & launched services on 28Jun2012. It ceased operations in Jun2015, citing financial difficulties, most likely driven by a drop in wealthy Russian tourists

^ Genealogy :  

Sky Airlines   

2001 - 2013Inactive

^ Comments : Sky Airlines operations started on 12Apr2001. Filed for bankruptcy and ceased all flight operations on 04Jun2013

^ Genealogy :  

Sonmez Airlines   

1984 - 2005Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Star Airlines   

2008 - dateActive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sultan Air   

1989 - 1997Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Sultan Air

SunExpress Airlines   

1990 - dateActive

^ Comments : SunExpress was founded as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa on 11Sep1989. Launched services on 04Apr1990 with a flight from Nuremburg to Antalya

^ Genealogy :  

Sunways Intersun Havacilik   

1995* - 1997Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tailwind Airlines   

2009 - dateActive

^ Comments : Tailwind Airlines started operations on 12May2009

^ Genealogy :  

Talia Airways   

1987* - 1988Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tarhan Air   

2007 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Tarhan Air

Tarhan Tower Airlines   

2006 - 2007Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tayfunair   

1996 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tepe Hava Cilik   

2002* - 2002*Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

THK (Turk Hava Kurumu)   

2004* - 2006*Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

THK Cargo Airlines   

(2014)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

THT (Turk Hava Tasimaciligi)  updated

1989 - 1993Renamed

^ Comments : THT (Turk Hava Tasimaciligi) was absorbed into THY [THY was formed in Ankara as HAVA YOLLARI DEVLET ISLETMESI IDARESI and began operations with an Isyanbul-Eskisehir-Ankara services. The name was changed to DHY (Devlet Hava Yollari) in 1938 and absorbed THT in 1993. National carrier of Turkey. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : THT (Turk Hava Tasimaciligi) >>THY (Turkish Airlines)

Top Air   

1990* - 2002Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Torosair (Toros Airways)   

1987 - 1989Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Trans Anatolian Airlines   

(****)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Trans-Asia Airlines   

1998 - 1998Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TRUVA   

1996 - 1996Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

TT Airlines (Tarhan Tower Airlines)   

2006 - 2007Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Tarhan Air

TUR European Airways   

1988 - 1994Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Turkish Airlines (THY)   

1956 - dateActive

^ Comments : THY was formed in Ankara as Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi on 20May1933 and began operations on 15Aug1933. Renamed to DHY (Devlet Hava Yollari) in 1938

^ Genealogy : Hava Yollari Devlet Isletmesi Idaresi >DHY >THY (Turkish Airlines)

Turkish Airlines Cargo   

2004* - dateActive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Turkish Express  updated

(2007)Renamed

^ Comments : Turkish Airlines established Anadolujet on 23Apr2008 for lo-cost services. Was rebranded from Turkish Express prior to it starting operations. On 04Sep2008, the airline started international flights connecting Hatay and Ercan International Airport

^ Genealogy : Turkish Express >AnadoluJet

TurkJet   

(2003)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Turkol   

(****)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Turkuaz   

2008 - 2010Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ULS Airlines Cargo   

2009 - dateActive

^ Comments : ULS Airlines Cargo started operations in 2004 as Baron Air Cargo. Renamed to Kuzu Cargo Airlines in 2004 & was rebranded to current name on 03Jul2009

^ Genealogy : Baron Air Cargo >Kuzu Cargo Airlines >ULS Airlines Cargo

United European Airways   

(****)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

UPS (Uensped Paket Servisi)   

2004 - 2006Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Van Way Airlines   

(2011)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

VIP-Air   

1991 - 1991Renamed

^ Comments : VIP-Air was launched by Sultan Air and was absorbed into the parent airline after a short while

^ Genealogy : VIP-Air >>Sultan Air

World Focus Airline   

2005 - 2008Renamed

^ Comments : World Focus Air was formed in 2005 as Ank Air Rebranded on 24Jan2008 & ceased operations on 21Jul2008 Subsiduary of Turkish travel agency Ani Tur. Internal and domestic charter services

^ Genealogy : World Focus Air >Ankair

Yesilkus Airlines   

(2005)Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :