New Route of the Day (18 January 2024): Pegasus Airlines between Istanbul SAW and Zagreb
Pegasus Airlines inaugurated flights between Istanbul SAW and Zagreb on Thursday 18 January, marking the airline’s entry onto the Croatian market. The 1,200-kilometre route will be maintained 2-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, with the A320neo aircraft. The LCC faces no direct competition on the route, although Turkish Airlines maintains a 2-daily service between Istanbul IST and Zagreb, which will increase to 18-weekly in S24.
What they said
Emre Pekesen, Vice President of Sales and Network Planning at Pegasus Airlines, said: “We are excited to start flights to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. This is our first new destination in 2024 and Croatia has become the 50th country in our network. I have no doubt that both countries’ citizens will enjoy our high-class service and affordable prices.”
Huseyin Bahadır Bedir, the General Manager of Zagreb Airport, added: “We are very happy to welcome Pegasus Airlines as our new partner at Zagreb Airport. This is a great opportunity for both sides, as it will increase the connectivity and accessibility of our destinations, as well as the passenger traffic and tourism potential. Istanbul is a major hub and a cultural and historical treasure, and we are sure that many travellers will enjoy exploring it. Likewise, Zagreb is a charming and dynamic city with a rich cultural heritage and has a lot to offer to visitors from Türkiye and beyond. We are looking forward to a successful and long-lasting cooperation with Pegasus Airlines.”
Pegasus Airlines now serves 50 countries
Croatia becomes Pegasus Airlines’ 50th country market, in a network that spans Europe and Asia. Zagreb becomes the LCCs 131st destination. The airline has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a charter airline, before using five aircraft to launch scheduled LCC operations in 2005.
Nearly half of Pegasus’ network is European, supported by strong ethnic traffic flows and tourism. Unlike other LCCs, Pegasus offers connecting flights, with transfer passengers making up around 25% of its traffic.
This year, Pegasus Airlines has scheduled a range of new routes, with a primary focus being on expanding its operations from Türkiye’s coastal regions. As a result, the airline has scheduled eight new routes from Antalya.
Restrictive bilateral air agreements between Türkiye and other countries, particularly in Europe, continue to impact Pegasus Airlines’ growth prospects, which is why the carrier is considering setting up AOCs in other countries.
Zagreb Airport to add seven new routes
Zagreb Airport registered its busiest year in 2023 by handling just over 3.7 million passengers. Apart from Pegasus Airlines’ new Istanbul SAW service, the airport, which acts as a base for Ryanair, will see the ULCC inaugurate five new routes, including Alicante, Girona, Marseille, Palma de Mallorca, and Pisa, while South Korean LCC T’Way Air plans to launch a 3-weekly seasonal service from Seoul ICN in mid-June.