On the apron to celebrate with the inaugural flight’s crew on the new Pegasus Airlines service from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen was Hamburg Airport’s Traffic Development Manager, Robert Piltz. The route is the airline’s tenth destination (eighth year-round) in Germany.
- Pegasus Airlines started operations to its eighth year-round German destination (current flights to Saarbruecken and Hannover are seasonal only) on 1 July, with Hamburg (HAM) becoming connected to its Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) hub. The four times weekly service, operated by a variety of equipment, will be flown in direct competition with germanwings (twice-weekly) and Turkish Airlines (weekly), but also in indirect competition with Turkish Airlines’ four times daily operation from Hamburg to Istanbul Atatürk. Pegasus’ Hamburg flights will join existing year-round German services to Cologne Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremburg, Stuttgart and Berlin Schönefeld. “We are delighted to have won Pegasus Airlines for Hamburg — a new airline that will be offering low-cost flights to Istanbul starting this summer,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport. “Our passengers heading for Turkey have an attractive selection of price categories to choose from. We are therefore confident that this additional service will be well received.” Also commenting was Pegasus CCO Guliz Ozturk: “Pegasus continues to expand its network in Germany, to which it first flew in 2006. We value Germany greatly as a destination given the huge potential for passengers between the two countries, and as it’s the country we fly to the most. We now connect Hamburg to 23 destinations within Turkey and 21 destinations beyond Turkey.” See how Hamburg Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.