FLYNAS SIGNS CODESHARE AGREEMENT WITH PEGASUS AIRLINES TO GROW ITS NETWORK IN TURKEY
A strategic partnership that opens up five new destinations in Turkey for flynas guests traveling from Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, MAY 08, 2016: Saudi Arabian national carrier flynas has announced the launch of codeshare flights with leading Turkish budget carrier Pegasus Airlines starting sales on April 27, 2016, as part of efforts to expand its route network in Turkey. The first phase of the codeshare agreement between the two airlines will open up five new destinations for flynas guests traveling to Turkey – including Antalya, Ankara, Adana, Hatay and Trabzon – by leveraging on Pegasus Airlines’ extensive network of domestic flights departing from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Everyday low fares are available via flynas.com or your local travel agent.
The first codeshare flight takes effect from 15 May, with this partnership enabling Saudi residents to enjoy seamless booking and travel between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and popular destinations across Turkey, while for Turkish nationals residing in KSA, visiting their families in Turkey will now become easier and more convenient.
“We are excited at the prospect of opening up five important cities of Turkey to passengers from KSA. Pegasus Airlines is Turkey’s leading private airline and brings a pedigree of over two decades of being at the forefront of innovation within the Turkish aviation landscape. Connecting with such a reputable domestic partner will allow us to offer a new level of convenience and connectivity to flynas guests traveling from KSA to experience Turkey and its many stunning attractions,” said Bander Al Mohanna, Group CEO of NAS Holding. “The codeshare agreement with Pegasus Airlines reflects flynas’ continuing commitment to provide new routes and destinations to our guests.”
Commenting on the significance for Pegasus Airlines that its tickets will now be sold in Saudi Arabia through its partnership with Flynas, Pegasus Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Güliz Öztürk said: “As a result of this codeshare agreement all passengers travelling on Flynas’ network can book their flights on Flynas’ website flynas.com and through its sales agents to Trabzon, Ankara, Hatay, Adana and Antalya via Pegasus’ main hub at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. We are delighted that this agreement that will contribute to the expansion of Pegasus’ regional influence, as well as presenting new opportunities for both airlines.”
Launched in 2007, flynas is the first low-cost carrier in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), with a fleet of 26 A320 aircraft, operating more than 1000 weekly flights on 30 routes within and outside the kingdom. After unveiling a new brand identity in 2013, flynas launched a dedicated Business Class Cabin to diversify its offerings and announced a number of significant investments and developments in 2014. This led flynas to win the Middle East’s Leading Low Cost Airline for World Travel Awards 2015 and also the 2015 Airline of the Year for Supporting Tourism in the Arab World.
About Pegasus Airlines
Pegasus Airlines launched its first charter flights in 1990 and started operating a low cost model upon its acquisition by ESAS Holding in 2005. Founded with the mission that everyone has the right to fly, Pegasus Airlines is Turkey's leading low-cost carrier, offering its guests affordable and punctual flights with the newest aircraft under the auspices of its low-cost model. Pegasus Airlines flies a scheduled service to 33 destinations in Turkey and 70 in the rest of the world, with a total network of 103 destinations in 41 countries across Europe, Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, connected through its hub, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen in Turkey. In 2012 Pegasus made the single largest-ever aircraft order in Turkish civil aviation history at the time of approximately US$12 billion (list price) for 100 new Airbus aircraft, of which 25 are optional.