Celebrating its 30th year in aviation and tourism this year, SunExpress, a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, achieved the highest revenue in its history in 2019, setting a new record. SunExpress grew by 10% in 2019, compared to the previous year and generated a revenue of over 1.4 billion euros. SunExpress welcomed over 10 million passengers on board in 2019 and the load factor was 83%.
SunExpress CEO Jens Bischof, speaking at the press conference organized in Istanbul on February 18th, stated that SunExpress continued its steady growth with its strong financial structure for three years in a row. “In 2019, we achieved the highest revenue in our history with over 1.4 billion Euros in 2019, a growth of 10 % compared to the previous year. We welcomed over 10 million passengers in 2019. With our strong financial structure and expertise as a leisure carrier, we will continue to be the backbone of air travel for the Turkish tourism industry in 2020.”
7 million seats between Europe and Turkey
With the vision of creating an air bridge between Turkey and Europe, SunExpress offers a record capacity of 7 million seats between Europe and Turkey in 2020 summer. Bischof said, “We are the airline carrying the highest number of tourists to the Mediterranean and Aegean regions with scheduled flights. In addition, we directly connect a record number of Anatolian cities to Europe. This summer, we will operate scheduled direct flights to 39 destinations in Europe from 17 cities in Turkey.”
Record seat capacity to Antalya; 2 new routes
SunExpress, which connects Antalya with the most international destinations with direct scheduled flights, is now offering the highest number of seats in the company’s history to Antalya. As Turkey’s tourism capital and SunExpress’ home base, Antalya will be served with over 4.5 million seats for both domestic and international market during the summer of 2020.
Giving information about their hangar investment in Antalya, Bischof said, “As one of the largest companies and biggest employers in Antalya, we are making a significant investment in our maintenance and repair center, which we expect to be operational by the end of 2021. The project will be a first in Antalya and the center will initially serve SunExpress aircraft and then will start serving other airlines later.”
2020 is set to be a year of records for Turkish tourism
Bischof stated: “We have proven once again that we are a very important part of Turkish tourism with our flights between Turkey and Europe. We predicted that 2019 would be a record year for Turkish tourism, and so it was. SunExpress is the world’s fifth best leisure airline and Turkey’s best leisure airline, and this record capacity increase by the airline for 2020 is a reflection of a new record forecast in Turkish tourism.”
At the end of the meeting, Jens Bischof, the outgoing CEO of SunExpress, said that he will take over as CEO of Eurowings on March 1 and introduced Dr. Max Kownatzki as the new CEO of SunExpress from April 15. Deputy CEO Ahmet Çalışkan and Deputy CEO of SunExpress Deutschland Alper Özen also presented a gift to Jens Bischof.