Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines launched scheduled flights between Manchester Airport and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport yesterday (1 July).
The airline is currently operating five flights each week but from the 21 July 2019 Pegasus will be increasing frequency to daily flights. These add to the four-times daily flights from London Stansted in the UK.
Pegasus’ flights will connect Manchester Airport to 32 destinations across Turkey, and 39 international destinations including Abu Dhabi, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Bishkek, Doha, Dubai, Hurghada, Muscat, North Cyprus, Riyadh, Sharjah, Sharm El Sheikh, Tbilisi and Tel Aviv.
Pegasus Airline chief commercial officer, Güliz Öztürk said: “The UK is among our key markets in Europe and we already operate four flights a day from London Stansted to Istanbul with additional direct flights to Izmir Airport up to four times a week in summer.
“We have flown over 2.7 million guests to and from the UK on these routes since launching and are now delighted to be adding such a key destination as Manchester. We look forward to welcoming both new and existing guests to our airline in 2019.”
Manchester Airport aviation director, Julian Carr added the airport is confident the flights will prove “hugely popular” with its 29 million passengers.