This is the return trip from Cappadocia into Istambul, part of a trip around Europe in late 2013
Other flights on the trip BOG-FRA on LH, not covered, just like this flight which was already covered. FRA-CDG on LH CDG-ZRH on LX ZRH-IST on LX IST-ASR on TK NAV-IST on TK(you're here) IST-FRA on LH FRA-BOG on LH, not covered neither…practically identical to this flight ————————–
So after an awesome pair of nights in Göreme, doing the balloon ride and then renting ATVs for the day, exploring the region on our own, we were on to our final step: Istambul.
I read that whilst Kayseri got most of the flights, Nevsehir had a closer airport thus we wouldn't have to get up very early for the flight. Prices were the same so that is why we arranged for such return flight. Moreover, there was another airport for the list, yay.
The hostel manager had already arranged with the van for our pick up, everything was settled, it was so painless and considerate I was really impressed. So we had an awesome breakfast and in no time we were picked and on our way to Nevsehir's airport. We picked other tourists and then crossed Nevsehir, the airport was actually far from Nevsehir (or so it felt).
By the time we arrived to the airport our plane was already waiting for us..
The terminal building. Turkey seems not to invest a lot in making their regional airports pretty, but at least they are clean and functional.
Our airbus from the terminal, don't know why there was a crowd
Check in was swift and painless, no trouble about weight issues (we were actually over the advertised limit), boarding passes handled and into the boarding gate. We were called to the plane in no time, thankfully everything was fast, the airport didn't have much to do or see. Practically a small check in/public zone, and a very tiny gate.
The terminal from the airside, check the crowd, the ATC tower at the far right
Isn't it lovely to board the plane this way on a sunny day?
The cabin was fitted with black leather seats, it seemed somewhat crowded… we where greeted by a fine looking FA, these girls were so beautiful!
PSUs evidenced that the plane had its good years on, but it looked immaculate.
Pitch appropriate for a domestic flight, doubtful about something longer than 2h
The view from my window
Taxi into RWY 29 and backtrack…immediate takeoff The terminal building
Surroundings, the view was awesome
Passing by what I guess is Hirfanl? Dam
Then, Lake Tuz was visible…I was so happy with the views
By then, meals were given it was really good, the dessert not so much but I loved everything else.
Ankara was visible too (we where warned by the guys at the front office)
Then weather wasn't that good…only mountains protruded from the clouds
Between the clouds, it was obvious we were now over the Marmara sea, reckon these are the Prince's Islands (?)
Eventually more decent views were permitted
Landing on RWY06
I regret so much not taking a flight between IST and SVO so I could ride on the IL96, had I known they're to be retired this year
International platform dominated by TK, Star Alliance pals and a QR lurker
Hello you, nice to meet you
Whilst TK is dominant, Onur Air has also healthy presence
Osmaniye at the Gate
Bags took very long to be delivered, and then we were off into the Metro Station. Gee it was far! there were golf carts taking people to the station, the girls in our group were picked, then we all meet and went to the metro. Everything ok…till we had to make the connection to the tram in Aksaray, suddenly I didn't feel in Istambul, but in Bogotá or in Barranquilla. The tram was chaotic, but people were so condescending and helpful, finally we made it to our hostel.
Nevşehir - NAV
Istanbul - ISL
Another great flight on TK, with awesome views of this great country and excellent service.
TK: Service and catering awesome. IFE lacking, but the magazine was really good, in any case, the view was making up for the lack of IFE. Seats were comfortable and the cabin in better shape than the 73G on the previous flight, still I wouldn't venture in a long flight in those planes.
ASR: Cute little airport, just for boarding the plane and thats it. Don't expect anything else and plan no more than 1 hour to spend there.
IST: The domestic terminal seems less taken care of than the international one, baggage delivery was slow. The distance to the metro station is overwhelming, thankfully the golf carts are available. But venturing into the City on public transport isn't the best of experiences, it borders a sucky one.
I recommend everyone to go to this awesome country, with great history, great cities and places but most of all an awesome and lovely people. I returned to Colombia infatuated with Turkey.
Thanks for reading, saludos!
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