Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport announced Tuesday that Turkish Airlines will be it's newest International carrier. Beginning April of next year, the airline will operate four weekly nonstop flights from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport to Houston's largest airport and United hub. The route will utilize Boeing 777-300ER's, capable of carrying well over 300 passengers. The main reason for this new service is said to be Houston's business and professional connections to Turkey and the rest of Europe.
The flights will operate on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. The inbound flights will depart Turkey at 1:05PM and arrive in Houston at 6:05 PM. After a very short turnaround time, the return flights will depart Houston at 7:50 PM and arrive in Turkey at 3:55 Local Time.
Houston Bush is already home to a large number of International Flag Carriers. Included are British Airways, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Air Canada, and Aeromexico. United Airlines also operates a fair amount of long haul international flights out of the airport to Asia and Europe. United, who operates a hub at Houston, and Turkish Airlines are both members of the Star Alliance. This will make connections and reservations very simple for passengers arriving from Istanbul and traveling on to another US City.