ISTANBUL: Pegasus Airlines has won ‘The Best Low-Cost Airline’ award at the World Tourism Awards ceremony, part of the World Tourism Forum.
Judged by leading NGOs and competing with some of the world’s leading low-cost airlines, Pegasus won the award for its “affordability and high quality service”.
Pegasus’ marketing director Onur Dedeköylü (left of picture with WTF president Bulut Bagci) commented: “At Pegasus, we have a customer-focused approach to running our operations. As a travel brand, we are with our guests at every step of their journey and take great care in providing the highest quality service. We value this award greatly as it confirms we’re succeeding in achieving our goals”.
Turkey’s second-largest airline reported a 4.5 percent increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2016 to reach US$800 million and an EBITDAR of US$150.8 million. Ancillary revenue rose 25 percent to reach US$171 million. Net profit for the period was US$12.08 million.
For the first 11 months of 2016 the airline reported an 8.2 percent increase in overall passenger traffic compared to the previous year, including a 3.4 percent rise in international boardings.
In December Pegasus began a four times weekly service from Ankara to Kiev and from Sabiha Gökçen to Mineralnye Vody, a four-hour flight east across the Black Sea to southern Russia. The airline now flies to 102 destinations in 40 countries with 60 B737-800, 18 A320-200s and one B 737-400.
During the Winter season the carrier increased frequencies to Amman, Baghdad, Amsterdam, Budapest, Doha, Bishkek, Oslo, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo and Skopje to maintain a market share of 60 percent at Sabiha Gökçen airport on the Asian side of Istanbul.
The airport will have completed the construction of a high-speed taxiway by the beginning of the 2017 Summer season that is expected to create additional operating capacity.