Pegasus announces biggest summer programme from Stansted

Pegasus Airlines, Turkiye’s budget airline, has announced its biggest ever flight schedule yet from London Stansted for this summer with increased flights to popular destinations across Turkiye.

For holidaymakers in London and the East of England, Pegasus is offering 55 direct flights per week for summer 2023 to five top destinations across Turkiye, including Istanbul, Antalya, Dalaman, Ankara, and Izmir.

Gareth Powell, London Stansted’s managing director, said: ‘We are delighted that Pegasus Airlines has expanded its summer schedule from London Stansted to its largest ever. Since launching here 16 years ago, the airline has built an incredibly popular network that connects passengers from the region to destinations across Turkey.

‘By increasing capacity and frequency on existing routes, passengers will have more choice and flexibility without having to travel to other airports. Operating one of the most modern aircraft fleets in Europe, and in particular Airbus’ A321 neo, we are very proud to have them as a highly valued and key partner at the airport.

‘We look forward to working with them for many years to come as they continue to develop and grow their services from London Stansted.’

Barbaros Kubatolu, chief financial officer of Pegasus Airlines, said: ‘That more than six million passengers have flown with Pegasus Airlines from London Stansted since 2007 is a special milestone in our history. Connecting people, places, and cultures is at the heart of what we do, and we’re proud to continue this mission, taking passengers between the UK, Turkiye and beyond.

‘We continually strive to offer the best possible experience on our well-connected low-cost flights and further our sustainability initiatives.’

Since launching operations from Stansted in 2007 with a single scheduled flight to Istanbul, the airline has expanded significantly carrying over six million passengers on routes from the airport.

Jet2 extends Summer 23 season to Dalaman and Izmir and Jet2holidays, the UK airline and tour operator to Turkey, has said that it is extending Summer 2023 to Dalaman and Izmir by starting the services earlier.

The expansion means that and Jet2holidays will start flying to Dalaman from March 17 next year, giving holidaymakers and independent travel agents more choice to reach Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. In addition, the companies are also bringing forward the start of flights to Izmir for Summer 23, with flights now operating from April 15.

The announcement comes after Jet2 brought forward the start of their Summer 23 season to Bodrum, with flights operating from the beginning of April. This is in addition to year-round services operating to Antalya from all ten of the company’s UK bases.

The extended season to Dalaman comes into effect from six UK bases, with multiple weekly flights now commencing from Birmingham ( March 17), Bristol (March 17), Glasgow (April 2), Leeds Bradford ( March 20), Manchester ( March 17) and London Stansted (March 17). Resorts on sale include Olu Deniz, Marmaris, Iclemer and Dalyan.

Flights and holidays to Izmir will start earlier in the season from the following three bases too – Birmingham ( April 18), Manchester ( April 15) and London Stansted (April 17). Izmir is at the top end of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and offers seaside fun in resorts such as Kusadasi and Ozdere, long with old town walls hiding tavernas and bustling bazaars, plus ancient sites close by, such as Ephesus.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘Dalaman and Izmir are both enormously popular with customers and independent travel agents, and there is huge demand for both destinations and not just during the peak summer season. We have experienced a remarkable period of growth in Turkey on the back of this sustained demand, and we have continued to demonstrate our commitment to Turkey by working alongside the Turkish government, hoteliers and our partners to bring more UK holidaymakers to this wonderful country. By extending the Summer 23 season to Dalaman and Izmir, we are continuing to demonstrate that commitment and we know just how popular these additional services will be.’

Arzu Kahraman Yilmaz, Counsellor of The Turkish Culture and Information Office, said: ‘With both Dalaman and Izmir witnessing a surge in travellers for both short and long breaks throughout the year, the extended routes from the regional airports in the UK to these iconic hotspots will make travel to Turkiye ever more easy.’

Jet2 starts flights to Izmir for the first time from Bristol Airport and Jet2holidays, the UK-based airline and tour operator, has said that it has launched a brand new route to Izmir from Bristol Airport for Summer 22.

Jet2 will operate weekly Tuesday services to the Turkish city of Izmir from Bristol Airport this summer from May 3 to November 1. In addition, the companies will launch their new route to Bodrum from Bristol Airport on May 5. and Jet2holidays will operate weekly Thursday services to the popular Turkish destination from May 5 to 19, increasing to up to two weekly services (Monday and Thursday) from May 30 to October 31.

The addition of Izmir and Bodrum to Jet2’s Summer 22 programme means the companies are operating to four Turkish destinations from the base this summer – Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir. The company’s inaugural flights to Girona (Costa Brava), Larnaca, Costa de Almeria, Reus, Halkidiki, Malta and Verona from Bristol Airport will also depart for the first time this month and in early June. and Jet2holidays launched a new route to Alicante on April 1 too.

In addition to Izmir and Bodrum, the full breakdown of the Summer 22 programme to these new routes from Bristol Airport include: weekly Saturday services to Girona (Costa Brava) operating from May 28 to October 29; up to two weekly services (Monday and Friday) to Larnaca, operating from May 27 to October 31; weekly Wednesday services to Costa de Almeria, operating from June 1 to October 26; and up to two weekly services (Monday and Thursday) to Reus, operating from May 12 to October 31.

Jet2 will also operate up to three weekly services (Monday, Friday and Saturday) to Alicante, operating until November 19, increasing to up to four weekly services (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 29 to November 5. The company will also operate weekly Wednesday services to Halkidiki, operating from June 1 to October 5; weekly Tuesday services to Malta, operating from 31 May to November 1; and weekly Wednesday services to Verona operating from May 11 to September 28.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are delighted to see our first flight take off to Izmir today from our newest UK base, Bristol Airport. It is fantastic to be operating to this popular sunshine destination from Bristol Airport, as we know that this new route will prove popular with customers and independent travel agents in the region. As well as taking off to Izmir for the first time from Bristol Airport today, we are pleased to be offering a further nine new routes from the base for Summer 22, on top of an unrivalled programme to other popular sunshine favourites. With 33 sun and city destinations on sale this summer from the Bristol Airport, we are giving customers and independent travel agents huge choice when it comes to enjoying a holiday with our award-winning airline and tour operator.’

With 83 weekly flights available during peak times and Jet2holidays have 33 sun and city destinations on sale across the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and Europe for Summer 22 from Bristol Airport.