Pegasus Airlines is hailed as a “very impressive low-cost” airline
A no-frills airline offering a three-times-a-week route from Birmingham Airport to Turkiye is set to launch operations next month. Hailed as a “very impressive low-cost” airline, Pegasus Airlines has launched a busy flight schedule from Solihull-based BHX to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) – and it brings even more options for Midlands sunseekers and pilgrims.
The no-frills budget carrier will operate regular flights to Istanbul, which is a major hub serving the Middle East. From December 21 Pegasus will offer the flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with one-way fares starting at $48.
The new route means Midlands holiday-makers and communities have a cheap way of getting to spots like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman and Karachi, all of which fly out from Pegasus’ SAW hub.Nick Barton, CEO of BHX, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Pegasus Airlines into the BHX fold. Pegasus is a very impressive low-cost carrier whose commitment to sustainable long-term growth is matched by our own here at BHX.
“I have no doubt these new services to SAW will be very popular with sunseekers, pilgrims, business travellers and people going to see family both in Turkiye and across the vast array of destinations offered by Pegasus’s strong onwards network covering Asia, Europe and Africa.” The airline’s Istanbul hub then connects to a huge number of Middle East and South Asian hot spots like Medina and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Bahrain and Kuwait, Karachi (Pakistan) and more.
Pegasus also connects holiday-makers to Turkiye’s top summer destinations such as Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, and Izmir. 2023 saw a huge Middle East boost at BHX as delighted BHX bosses announced a number of new flights to the region. In the space of a three months, operations were launched or resumed by Emirates, Qatar Airways and Saudia, Saudi Arabia’s national airline.
BHX is a building site at the moment, BirminghamLive has run numerous articles on security wait times, construction deadlines and when the £40 million security hall upgrade is due to completed. We even visited the epicentre of operations as builders work around the clock to bring the terminal in line with regulations by June 2024.