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SunExpress opens new route from Oslo to Turkey

Avinor Oslo Airport announced that the Lufthansa-Turkish airlines joint venture will operate a new direct flight from Oslo Airport to Konya in Turkey.

Oslo Airport has announced that, for the first time, direct flights will operate between the airport and the Turkish city of Konya.

From June 13 to September 26, the holiday airline SunExpress, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will service the route once weekly with a Boeing 737-800.

Flight XQ736 leaves Konya at 11:40 pm, arrives at Oslo Airport at 3:05 am the next morning and departs as XQ737 at 4:00 am each Thursday. The flight time in both directions will be roughly four and a half hours.

SunExpress operates 1,850 weekly flights and carried almost ten million passengers in 2018, making it one of Turkey’s largest airlines.

Summer and winter sun
“We are very satisfied with the development we have seen here in Oslo in the last few years, now more than doubling our total capacity in summer 2019 and adding Konya (KYA) as a new destination. While currently our services are only summer seasonal, we are constantly evaluating if at least our Antalya or Izmir flights could be operated year-round, the only missing link here are the tour operator partners willing to support in winter as well,” says Peter Glade, commercial director for SunExpress.

“SunExpress has established itself as an important player for linking Turkey and Norway in the summer months, and we are very pleased that they now want to focus on a new destination,” says Jasper Spruit, vice president of traffic development with Avinor.

“We are seeing that Norwegians to a greater extent are choosing Turkey as a holiday destination, and this new route gives Norwegian passengers the opportunity to experience a somewhat different side of Turkey, while also contributing to increased tourism to Norway and the Oslo region.”

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