Pegasus Airlines introduces Iraqi brace from Istanbul
Pegasus Airlines began two new services to Iraq this week, connecting its hub at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Erbil (EBL) and Baghdad (BGW). Both routes will be operated by the carrier’s 189-seat 737-800 fleet. While the former, which commenced on 10 September and will be flown four times weekly, will face direct competition from Turkish Airlines (11 times weekly), the latter, which began on 8 September with three weekly rotations, faces no incumbent on the airport pair. However, from nearby Istanbul Atatürk, there are three carriers offering competing services to Baghdad, including Iraqi Airways (17 times weekly), AtlasGlobal (twice-weekly) and Turkish Airlines (twice-daily). The market is equally crowded on the airport pair between Atatürk and Erbil, where 33 weekly frequencies are already offered, split across four carriers ‒ Iraqi Airways (daily), AtlasGlobal (daily), Turkish Airlines (12 times weekly) and Zagrosjet (daily).
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