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New Route of the Day (15 March 2024): Pegasus Airlines between Istanbul SAW and Cairo SPX


Pegasus Airlines launched flights between Istanbul SAW and Cairo SPX on Friday 15 March. The 1,205-kilometre route will be maintained 5-weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The LCC competes directly against 5-weekly rotations by Turkish Airlines’ lower cost unit AnadoluJet, which is in the process of rebranding into AJet.

What they said

Serhat Sogukpinar, CEO of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, said: “We are once again bridging two ancient cities of the world. Sabiha Gökçen Airport, known as the ‘City Airport’ for its transportation diversity and proximity to urban centres, is a vital link connecting Istanbul with the world, offering historical, cultural, natural, trade, and educational opportunities. With Pegasus’ newly launched flights, our fifth destination in Egypt, the Sphinx connection, we believe will provide convenience and comfort to numerous passengers at both ends, given the rich cultural and ancient history of Egypt. We will continue our efforts to increase our destination count and strengthen our partnerships through new collaborations. We wish success to our country.”

Istanbul SAW among Europe’s busiest

Located on the Asian side of the bicontinental city of Istanbul, Istanbul SAW is one of Europe’s busiest. In 2023 it handled a record 37.1 million passengers, representing an increase of 20.5% on the previous year and up 4.6% on the pre-pandemic 2019. During 2023, Istanbul SAW was Europe’s tenth busiest, behind Rome FCO. It has continued on the same trajectory in 2024, welcoming 3.2 million travellers in January, up 12.8% on last year’s record.

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With the recent opening of its second runway, Istanbul SAW has increased its capacity, which has been a major limiting factor in the past. The airport currently serves a total of 164 destinations across 54 countries, including 40 domestic and 124 international destinations.

Pegasus Airlines now serves five cities across Egypt

The new route to Cairo SPX becomes Pegasus Airlines’ fifth destination in Egypt, complementing Cairo CAI, Alexandria, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh.

Cairo SPX, located near the Giza neighbourhood to the west of Cairo, is close to the city’s historic wonders including the Pyramids. It started handling scheduled flights in 2020. Served primarily by carriers from the Middle East and Türkiye, Wizz Air boasts the largest volume of destinations, including four European cities. easyJet also maintains operations to the airport from London LTN.

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