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Article from BTNews 20 APRIL 2015

Gatwick gains Pegasus

Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus will introduce flights from Gatwick to Istanbul from 1 May.  The service is daily, except Saturday.  The airline has been established at Stansted since 2007.

Pegasus will serve Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, sited on the Asian side of the Bosporus.  Turkish Airlines also operates out of Gatwick, but flies to its hub, Istanbul Ataturk Airport, on the European bank of the seaway.

Pegasus now operates to 30 points in Turkey and 59 in the rest of the world.

Commenting on the launch of this newest route, Guliz Ozturk, Chief Commercial Officer, Pegasus Airlines, said: "We are delighted to be launching our London Gatwick route.  UK is a major destination for us, we operate twice daily flights from Stansted and flew 381,000 guests to and from UK during 2014 translating to a year-on-year increase of 25%, thus we're confident that the new flights will be warmly welcomed by our guests.”

Pegasus is quoted on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.  The airline has on order some 75 Airbus A320 series (Neo), the first seven aircraft are due to start arriving in the second half of 2016, with deliveries continuing to 2023.  www.flypgs.com

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