Pegasus Airlines wings its way to mainland Europe with increasing scheduled services

Image: Based at Istanbul’s fast-growing Sabiha Gokcen airport Pegasus also began a new weekly service from London Stansted to Bodrum this week
Based at Istanbul’s fast-growing Sabiha Gokcen airport Pegasus also began a new weekly service from London Stansted to Bodrum this week with one-way fares of less than $100, including taxes.

The owners of Pegasus Airlines in Turkey recently surprised the industry by becoming the largest single shareholder (with 15.3%) in Germany’s second biggest airline, airberlin. Celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, the airline, which used to be primarily a charter airline, has been expanding its range of scheduled services and now claims to be Turkey’s second largest airline with a 15% market share. With its Izair subsidiary Pegasus handled 4.4 million passengers last year of which 1.6 million were on international flights.

Pegasus’ fleet consists of 15 737s (of which 10 are -800s configured with 189 seats) while Izair (based in Izmir) operates three A319s and a recently delivered A320. Pegasus has ordered 24 737-800s for delivery by 2015. Two of the new aircraft were delivered in January and August last year, followed by another in February this year.

Image: Izair subsidiary Pegasus
With its Izair subsidiary Pegasus handled 4.4 million passengers last year of which 1.6 million were on international flights

Increasing focus on international scheduled flights

Based at Istanbul’s fast-growing Sabiha Gokcen airport, the airline is independent unlike its local rival Sun Express which is jointly owned by Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. It began scheduled domestic services in 2005 and international scheduled services in 2006 and this summer will operate at least 30 scheduled international routes.

Turkish Airport European airports served (weekly frequency)
Adana (ADA) Ercan (6)
Ankara (ESB) Dusseldorf (1), Ercan (6), Stuttgart (1)
Antalya (AYT) Amsterdam (2), Berlin SXF (1), Cologne/Bonn (1), Dusseldorf (2), Ercan (3), Hannover (1), Leipzig (1), Munich (2), Munster/Osnabruck (1), Zurich (1)
Bodrum (BJV) London Stansted (1)
Hatay (HTY) Ercan (3)
Istanbul (SAW) Amsterdam (4), Cologne/Bonn (3), Copenhagen (4), Dusseldorf (4), Ercan (16), Munich (3), London Stansted (7), Stuttgart (4), Zurich (2)
Izmir (ADB) Dusseldorf (1), Ercan (3), Stuttgart (1)
Kayseri (ASR) Dusseldorf (1), Stuttgart (1)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 6 July 2009 and airline news

A new weekly service from London Stansted to Bodrum began this week with fares from £65.99 (less than $100) including all fares and taxes. Ercan is an airport in the disputed area of north Cyprus.

Image: Pegasus has ordered 24 737-800s for delivery by 2015.
Pegasus has ordered 24 737-800s for delivery by 2015.

Image: domestic flightsPegasus’s domestic schedules do not appear to be provided to OAG and their website does not have a user-friendly timetable section either. However, interrogation of their booking tool suggests that from their home base in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, Ankara is served four times daily, Izmir is served four times daily, Antalya is served between three and four times daily and Adana is served thrice daily. Bodrum is served twice daily. A total of 16 domestic airports appear to be served plus Ercan in Northern Cyprus which is currently under Turkish control.


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