Münster Osnabrück seeks Istanbul as missing piece of network
Münster Osnabrück is located in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous of Germany’s states and home to around half-a-million Turks.
This coming summer, the airport will have six routes to Turkey: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Kayseri, and Zonguldak.
Ankara is a new destination for 2021. Corendon Airlines will begin it on a once-weekly basis from 26 June. It’ll be its sixth Turkish route from Münster, while SunExpress serves Antalya.
Turkey key focus for Münster
“One of our focus markets is Turkey,” Mathias Richter, Manager, Aviation Marketing, Münster Osnabrück, told us. It’s not hard to see why with both strong VFR and leisure demand.
“There is a large Turkish community in our catchment area,” Richter said. “In our unique catchment, there are 100,000 Turkish people with a migrant background.” Within a 90-minute radius, that increases to over 280,000.
Turkey is also one of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans.
“The key missing route in our network is Istanbul, whether Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gökçen.
“Historically, Turkish Airlines and Germania served Istanbul and Pegasus served Sabiha Gökçen with up to 46,000 annual return passengers,” Detlef Döbberthin, Münster’s Manager, Aviation Marketing, said.
Pegasus operated served Münster between 2015 and 2019, OAG shows, while Turkish Airlines operated it between 2014 and 2017. In June 2017, for example, the pair had a daily offering. Germania took up the reins following Turkish Airlines’ end.
“It is unusual and surprising that Münster Osnabrück – with its strong network of Turkish routes – doesn’t have Istanbul.”
This year, 12 German airports are connected with Turkey’s biggest city, including Bremen, Friedrichshafen, and Leipzig.
But Richter isn’t just after Istanbul. “We also seek Bodrum, Dalaman, Hatay, Trabzon, and Edremit.”