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Istanbul Airports Make News for Series of New Routes

Posted on 07 July 2011

We have learned from airline data collation service anna.aero, that Pegasus Airlines increased its coverage of Germany out of Istanbul Sabiha Gocken this week, when it announced the launch of a new 3-weekly services to Nuremberg in German Bavaria. The route is to be serviced by the airline’s 737-800s with capacity for 189 passengers.

Sun Express, one of the largest operators of flights to and from Turkey are competing with Pegasus on the route. They also run flights to Nuremberg three times a week from Istanbul Sabiha Gocken. Turkish airlines also services the Istanbul to Nuremberg route 12 times per week, but its flights leave from the airline’s hub at Ataturk.

Istanbul airports are now in the news just about every week. Just yesterday Anna.aero ran a story on the expansion of new flights from Ataturk and Izmir by Turkish Airlines. The Airline announced the launch of new flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Naples and Basra on June 28th, and a new route from Izmir to Munich July 2nd.

Istanbul Sabiha Gocken was also in the news yesterday, as Bahrain Air announced a new 4-weekly service between Bahrain and the airport.

Earlier this year both airports were recognised by Anna.Aero in their ANNIES awards. Istanbul Ataturk was joint winner of the “Airport with the most new non-European routes”, while Istanbul Sabiha Gocken finally gained some proper recognition of just how rapidly it is growing; winning the Airport Passenger Growth award for the 10 million+ category.

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