Pegasus Airlines picks Budapest as its next European capital

Pegasus Airlines’ Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Budapest

Passengers on the first flight between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Budapest were given a delicious bon voyage with some Turkish Delight being handed out. Passengers and crew still seem un-phased by the giant boarding pass issued at Sabiha Gökçen — but how do you get it in your carry-on baggage?

At the other end of the new route, Budapest Airport’s Airline Development Manager, Sándor Saly presents Onur Bicer, Handling Contracts Specialist, Pegasus Airlines with a traditional celebratory cake to welcome the inaugural flight and its crew from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen.

  • Pegasus Airlines began operations to its 21st European capital city this week, when it launched flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Budapest (BUD). Flying four times weekly, the fifth largest European LCC (by passenger numbers) will use its 189-seat 737-800s on the route, with services begining on 16 July. Wizz Air also operates the airport pair with daily services, while Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul Atatürk to Budapest thrice-daily. Joining the Budapest-Turkey market gives Pegasus an immediate 14% share of all scheduled seats, as well as offering 12% of Budapest’s weekly flights to Turkey. The launch further consolidates Turkey’s position as the seventh largest country market served from Budapest, with 32 weekly scheduled operations offering a total of 5,253 weekly seats. See how Budapest Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.


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