Posted on 21 October 2011
Yet more new flights to the bustling Istanbul Sabiha Gocken airport were announced this week, when Pegasus Airlines launched a new route, flying thrice weekly between the airport and Kosovo capital Pristina. Competing on the route from Istanbul’s other airport (Ataturk) are Turkish Airlines’ daily service as well as Atlasjet’s two flights a week.
In July this year Pegasus Airlines announced increased coverage of Germany from the airport, with the launch of a new thrice-weekly service to Nuremberg in German Bavaria. The route is to be serviced by the airline’s 737-800s with capacity for 189 passengers. On this route the low-cost carrier was to compete with none-other than Sun Express, one of the largest airlines in Turkey. Sun Express also runs three-weekly flights to Nuremburg from the same airport. Turkish airlines also services the Istanbul to Nuremberg route 12 times per week, but its flights leave from the airline’s hub at Ataturk.
This has been a big year Turkey’s airports and airlines, there have been dozens of new flights and expansions announced. In June and July alone, Turkish Airlines launched new flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Naples and Basra, and a route from Izmir to Munich, and Bahrain Air announced a new 4-weekly service between Bahrain and Istanbul Sabiha.
And this all happened after both of Istanbul’s airports won industry acclaimed ANNIES awards for their growth, 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.