Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has announced it will launch flights between Manchester airport and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen on 1 July.
Manchester is the airline’s second base in the UK after Stansted and the new flights will operate five days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The route will allow passengers flying from Manchester to connect to further destinations across Turkey, including Alanya, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir, as well as international flights to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Riyadh and Tbilisi, among others.
Flights will depart Manchester at 1240, arriving at Sabiha Gokcen airport at 1850 local time. The return service takes off at 0930 and land at 1155 local time.
Guliz Ozturk, CCO at Pegasus Airlines, commented: “We are delighted to be launching our Manchester route. The UK is among our key markets in Europe; we already operate thrice daily flights from London Stansted to Istanbul, with additional direct flights to Izmir up to four times a week in summer.
“Since the launch of our scheduled flights from Stansted airport, we have flown over 2.7 million guests from/to the UK and we’re confident that the new Manchester flights will be warmly welcomed by our future guests in Northern England. We are delighted to extend our operations to an additional key region of the country, giving our UK guests more choice and flexibility when planning their travels. We hope to attract more guests who will enjoy travelling to Istanbul and the exciting destinations beyond, both within Turkey and elsewhere in our network, always at our affordable fares.”