Pegasus Airlines flies inaugural Birmingham-Istanbul service

A Pegasus Airlines aircraft and crew at Birmingham.
Photo Credit: Pegasus Airlines

Pegasus Airlines, the Turkish low-cost carrier, has just embarked on its inaugural service connecting Birmingham Airport (BHX) to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW).

The maiden flight took place on Thursday 21st of December 2023, opening the way for a scheduled thrice-weekly service.

Birmingham to Istanbul


Setting a new benchmark in affordability, Pegasus now offers a thrice-weekly service on this route, allowing travelers to jet off to Istanbul on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The enticing part? One-way fares from BHX kick off at an unbelievable £39.99.

Nick Barton, the CEO of BHX, was upbeat, stating, “This is a lovely early Christmas gift for us and for the many customers in our region who now have even greater options for traveling to Türkiye and beyond.”

Barton anticipates that the new services to SAW will cater to a diverse audience, including sunseekers, pilgrims, business travelers, and individuals visiting family across Pegasus’s extensive network spanning Asia, Europe, and Africa.

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Pegasus Network


Pegasus Airlines currently boasts a network encompassing more than 130 destinations across Asia, Africa, and Europe. From Dubai to Baku, Sharm El Sheikh to Tehran, Pegasus supports streamlined connections.

Beyond its international reach, Pegasus connects passengers to Türkiye’s top tourist havens like Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, and Izmir.

Pegasus’ Post-Pandemic Rise


Post-pandemic resilience is Pegasus’s forte. In 2022, the airline not only recuperated its operating capacity but also soared into profitability.

A key player in the aviation industry, Pegasus is committed to environmental responsibility, aligning with IATA’s Net Zero by 2050 pledge.

The airline’s sustainability strategy involves investing in fuel-efficient, new-generation aircraft, boasting one of Europe’s most modern fleets, with an average age of 4.6 years as of September 2023.

Pegasus’s commitment to a sustainable future finds resonance with BHX. The airport aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2033, actively incorporating low-carbon alternatives into its operations.

An ambitious solar panel installation project is underway, with 12,000 solar panels set to adorn BHX’s northeast boundary.

By May 2024, this solar array is expected to cover an impressive 20% of BHX’s electricity needs, marking a significant step toward greener aviation.

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Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines has flown its inaugural service connecting Birmingham Airport (BHX) to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW).
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