What is “Istanbul World Connect”?
Istanbul World Connect (IWC) is a seamless self-transfer product developed by iGA Istanbul Airport and Trip.com, which is Istanbul Airport’s “Preferred Partner and one of World´s largest OTA`s”.
Passengers with 2 separate tickets will be able to buy 1 itinerary from anywhere in the world to anywhere via IST with 2 different airlines.
Example: A passengers can book a ticket with Origin Chengdu (CTU) with destination Stuttgart (STR) via IST. A passenger will receive 1 itinerary but 2 different tickets. First sector from CTU – IST will be operated by Sichuan Airlines while second sector will be operated by Turkish Airlines to Stuttgart. A cooperation (Interline/Codeshare etc) between 2 airlines is not required to obtain “IWC ticket”.
Despite lack of cooperation between airlines, passengers will not have concern to lose their connection at IST as Trip.com will secure next possible connectivity included in the ticket in case of delay / cancellation of first / second flight. Please visit www.trip.com to purchase IWC tickets.
This product will increase transfer traffic via Istanbul Airport, “Gateway to The World” and increase tourism to Turkey.
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