Air Malta will start flying to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport on March 31, the airline said.

It said in a statement Sabiha Gökçen airport was only 40 minutes away from the city centre by taxi and was served by a variety of transport modes including Express airport buses and public transport.

A shuttle bus to the metro station nearby provided access to metro lines and the Marmaray tunnel that connected the two sides of the city underneath the Bosphorus.

Earlier this month, Air Malta this month launched a campaign offering a 50 per cent discount on flights to and from Malta-Istanbul. The sale ends on January 31.

Tickets, which start from only €59 one way inclusive of taxes and charges, are valid for travel between until March 31.