In order to meet the increasing demand, especially on the Ankara-Istanbul-Ankara line, TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ provided 22 additional seat capacity with additional flights on weekends as of October 816. The number of passengers transported by high-speed trains (YHT) operated by TCDD Tasimacilik AŞ has approached 60 million.
According to the statement made by TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ, Turkey started YHT operation with the Ankara-Eskişehir line, which it put into service in 2009, and today it has become the 8th YHT operator in the world and the 6th in Europe.
Ankara-Konya YHT Line became operational in 2011, and Konya-Istanbul and Ankara-Istanbul lines became operational in 2014, with comfortable, fast and modern travel services directly to 7 cities and 33 percent of the country's population (13 provinces directly and indirectly, and 43 percent of the population). ) has been reached.
In the past period, the length of the YHT line has increased to 1213 kilometers, while approximately 60 million trips have been made with the comfort and speed of the YHT.
Travel time with YHTs on the Ankara-Eskişehir line from 4 hours to 1 hour 30 minutes, on the Ankara-Istanbul line from 8 hours to 4,5 hours, on the Ankara-Konya line from 10 hours 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes, on the Konya-Istanbul line from 11 hours to 4 hours 50 minutes. fell.
Until this month, 18 million 744 thousand on the Ankara-Eskişehir YHT Line, 16 million 539 thousand on the Ankara-Konya Line, 17 million 635 thousand on the Ankara-Istanbul Line, 6 million 301 thousand on the Konya-Istanbul Line. 59 million 215 thousand passengers traveled.
Express Train Services Started on 10 July, Additional Weekend Services Started on 22 October
As of July 10, 'Express YHT' flights started on the Ankara-Istanbul line. The express train only stops in Eskişehir and Istanbul-Pendik. With Express YHT, approximately 25 minutes of time was gained.
While an average of 59,2 thousand passengers are carried daily on YHTs, which have been used by 18 million passengers since its opening, more than half of this travels on the Ankara-Istanbul route.
There are a total of 40 daily trips on the Ankara-Istanbul, Ankara-Konya, Ankara-Eskişehir and Istanbul-Konya lines, and travel demands increase regularly, especially on weekends.
In line with the increasing demands, as of October 22, additional YHT flights were added, the first of which was on the Ankara-Istanbul-Ankara line on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With these flights, a daily capacity of 816 additional seats was provided.
In additional flights, trains depart from Ankara at 09.35 and arrive in Istanbul/Söğütlüçeşme at 14.15, and depart from Istanbul/Söğütlüçeşme at 15.25 and arrive in Ankara at 20.24.