Posted on 26 March 2010
SunExpress is increasing its weekly flights between Europe and Turkey by 32% this summer, according to a statement from the company this week. The firm, which is a subsidiary of German and Turkish airlines will run 417 flights during the summer season, which runs from March 28 to October 30 — 244 domestic flights and 173 international.
As part of the increase in operations, SunExpress is to start running flights from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport — on the city’s Asian side –, to Vienna and the German airports: Saarbruecken and Münster/Osnabrück. There will also be new flights from the Aegean province of İzmir to Vienna, Münster/Osnabrück and the southern Turkish province of Mardin.
SunExpress also plans to make a total of 296 flights from Europe to the Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya this season. The firm is the market leader in Antalya, with 12% of passenger volume. Sun Express also has a 32% share of international traffic into Izmir, making it the largest international carrier in the province.
The company’s vision is to carry 7 million passengers with its 25-aircraft fleet this year. International and Domestic tickets start at the same 49.999 euros.
This would be a massive jump on the 4 million carried in 2008, which in turn was a 33 percent increase on the year before. SunExpress also achieved record results during the first 11 months of 2008, when revenues increased 33 percent to 380 million euros and the number of block hours performed went up 32 percent to 71,608.