Low-cost leisure carrier SunExpress has launched four new routes to Turkey from London Luton Airport (LLA) in the shape of Antalya, Bodrum, Ankara and Gaziantep.
The airline started a twice a week route to Antalya on 15 June, and a twice a week service to Ankara yesterday. From today (18 June) it will start a twice a week route to Bodrum and on 20 June it start a once a week link to Gaziantep.
These adds to the twice weekly flights to Izmir, as it has done for the past three years. The flights to Ankara and Gaziantep are the only direct flights to operate to these destinations from the UK.
SunExpress head of network planning and scheduling, Wilken Bellmann said: “I was delighted to be at London Luton Airport today to see the first passengers off to Antalya. We are extremely happy to have been able to launch so many new routes from the UK in 2018, and very pleased that Turkey is back on the map for British tourists.
“Our flights to Ankara and Gaziantep will undoubtedly make it much easier for the local Turkish community to visit family and friends.”
He added: “It was also a great opportunity for me to see the transformation which has taken place at LLA. I am sure that our passengers will be very pleasantly surprised when they see the changes.”
LLA is nearing the completion of its £160 million transformation, which will increase capacity to 18 million passengers by 2020. The passenger experience has been improved by an expanded and upgraded terminal providing more seating and new boarding gates, as well as a greater variety of shops and restaurants.
Luton Borough Council has also started work on The Luton DART, a new £225 million light rail system which will link the airport with the station by 2021.
LLA chief commercial officer, Jonathan Pollard said: “We have worked closely with SunExpress since they joined us as a partner three years ago and it is fitting they have chosen the year of our 80th anniversary to increase the number of destinations offered from LLA.
“Our collaboration with SunExpress comes as we near the end of our £160m redevelopment programme, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with them during this exciting time for LLA.”