Pegasus Airlines’ Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Madrid
Spanish music and dancing welcomed those passengers checking-in for the inaugural Pegasus Airlines flight between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Madrid on 24 March. The route will be operated daily with no direct competition.
- Pegasus Airlines is further strengthening its Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) hub with the addition of daily operations to Madrid (MAD) and Frankfurt (FRA). Madrid will become the carrier’s second destination in Spain, complementing its existing daily services to Barcelona, whereas Frankfurt becomes German airport #7, joining Cologne Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich, Nuremburg, Stuttgart and Berlin Schönefeld. The Frankfurt service, which began on 22 March, will face direct competition from Turkish Airlines, which also flies daily on the airport pair. In addition, Lufthansa flies thrice-daily between Istanbul Atatürk and Frankfurt, with Turkish offering 29 weekly flights on the same airport pair. To Madrid, which began on 24 March, there is no direct competition, but from Atatürk, Turkish offers a thrice-daily operation to the Spanish capital. Both new services will be operated by Pegasus’ 189-seat 737-800s.