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SunExpress to open new routes from Oslo

The Lufthansa-Turkish Airlines joint venture has announced new routes and more frequencies for Oslo in summer 2019.

SunExpress, the joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, is increasing the number of flights it operates on its route between Oslo and Izmir – while also adding new services from the Norwegian capital to Antalya and Konya in the Anatolia region of Turkey in summer 2019.

SunExpress flew 8.8 million passengers in 2017, making it one of Turkey’s largest airlines. Its investment in the Oslo market will see it offer over 33,000 seats from the airport in 2019, a rise of 267% versus summer 2018.

Flights between Oslo and Konya start on June 13 next year and will be flown every Thursday until September 26, while the new twice-weekly route to Antalya, to operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays, will run from April 13 until October 26.

Services to Izmir will resume on June 11 and will take to the air on Tuesdays and Thursdays until September 26. All of the SunExpress flights from Oslo will be flown with the carrier’s fleet of 189-seat Boeing 737-800s.

SunExpress has almost 60 international destinations in 20 countries, with 1,200 weekly flights. As a holiday specialist, it has in particular been offering direct flights to the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, the Red Sea and North Africa for almost 30 years.

Year-round too?
SunExpress says it is delighted with the development of its Oslo-Izmir route, so increasing capacity while also expanding its route portfolio with the addition of Antalya and Konya is “the next logical move for SunExpress in Norway,” explains Wilken Bellmann, the airline’s head of network planning and scheduling.

“Furthermore, we are considering extending our service from summer-seasonal to year-round in the future,” he adds.

Jasper Spruit, vice president traffic development at Oslo Airport operator Avinor clarifies: “It’s great to see SunExpress further expand its operations from Oslo next summer, including the introduction of flights to Konya, a brand new destination for the airport.”

“With over 23,000 people of Turkish descent living in Norway, we’re sure that SunExpress’ new services will prove popular with people visiting friends and family back home. We’re also sure that the new flights will be a hit with the 116,000 Norwegians that chose to holiday in Turkey each year,” he adds.

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