As Atlasjet for the first time took off from Istanbul Atatürk bound for London Stansted, the crew were given flowers.
- Turkey’s Atlasjet entered the UK market this week with two routes to London Stansted (STN). Beginning on 5 May, Turkey’s biggest sea resort on the south-western coast, Antalya (AYT), is connected to the British capital with weekly flights. Direct competition on the route is provided by Thomas Cook and Thomson, which each serve the market with twice-weekly flights. An additional 16 weekly frequencies between the two cities are offered at other London airports. On 6 May, six-weekly services from Istanbul Atatürk (IST) commenced. Although Atlasjet does not face any direct competition on the route, a combined total of 78 weekly flights are already offered between the two capitals. Turkish Airlines, British Airways, easyJet and Pegasus all serve the market using different combinations of airports at both ends.