The only direct flight between Gatwick and Ankara is being introduced by Turkish Airlines in the new year.

The service to the Turkish capital will run twice a week from January 9 with departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Return fares lead in at £149.

Celal Baykal, Turkish Airlines general manager in London said: “We’ve introduced this new route in direct response to the rise in passengers looking to travel to this destination.

“This is the first time we have operated a direct flight out of London Gatwick to Ankara and see this as part of our continued growth plans. ”