Turkish Airlines has stepped in to raise capacity to one of the main Thomas Cook holiday gateways in the country.

The national carrier has added 20% more seats on its daily service from Gatwick to Antalya on the Turkish turquoise coast for October.

The airline also allows passengers to carry one full set of diving equipment free of charge on the route. Antalya is home to Turkey’s first and only underwater museum.

Turkish Airlines’ London-based general manager Celal Baykal said: “Antalya has had a fantastic summer, with thousands of Britons jetting off for a chance to enjoy the gateway to Turkey’s picturesque riviera.

“With demand remaining high throughout September and into October, increasing capacity on the route made complete sense as we are eager to give as many people as possible the chance to widen their world and explore Antalya.”