SmartWings (smartwing.com) (Prague) is adding more routes and flights from Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw-Lanzarote was added yesterday (November 1) following by the Warsaw-Fuerteventura route tomorrow (November 3). Warsaw-Las Palmas will be added on November 4 and Warsaw-Tenerife Sur (South) on November 6 per Airline Route.
SmartWings is a brand name of Travel Service, a.s. (Travel Service Airlines) with regular flights from its base at Prague Airport.
During the year, SmartWings offers flights to more than forty popular destinations and resorts throughout and outside Europe with departures from Prague, Brno and Ostrava. Every summer season SmartWings brings flights to new destinations as well an increase of frequencies to the current ones.
Travel Service, a.s., the largest airline in the Czech Republic, has been operating in the market for 15 years. Travel Service, a.s. is the leader of the charter market in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and it has a noticeable share in Poland. Apart from charter flights, Travel Service has also been conducting regular lines under the brand SmartWings since 2004 and since 2007 with private charter flights.
SmartWings operates Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-82R OK-TSG (msn 30666) taxies at Antalya, Turkey.
Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) (Istanbul) slipped into the red, reporting a net loss of TL 17.9 million ($8.2 million) for the first half of 2014. This unfavorably compares to a net profit of TL 44.1 million ($20.2 million) for the same period a year ago.
Pegasus Airlines (Istanbul) will launch Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen)-Budapest flights on July 16. The new route will be operated four days a week.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Pegasus Airlines’ Boeing 737-82R TC-CPD (msn 40726) displays the 2009 color scheme at Zurich. TC-CPD also displays Pegasus Asia titles for its joint venture with Air Manas.
Pegasus Airlines (Istanbul) continues to rapidly expand its network with the addition of three new European destinations, Geneva, Hamburg and Prague, making a total of 83 destinations in 34 countries.
Pegasus flights to Prague will launch on June 19. Flights will run three times a week departing Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 12:50 and Prague Vaclav Havel Airport at 15:05 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Pegasus flights to Geneva launch on June 21. GVA is Pegasus’ third destination in Switzerland, after Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg and Zurich. Flights will run four times a week departing Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 12:25 and Hamburg Airport at 08:20 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Pegasus flights to Hamburg launch on July 1. HAM is Pegasus’ 8th destination in Germany, after Stuttgart, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Berlin, Nuremberg and Frankfurt. Flights will run four times a week departing Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 11:40 and Geneva Airport at 14:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
With the addition of these new European destinations, Pegasus Airlines now flies a scheduled service across Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the Caucasus to include 83 destinations in 34 countries.
Previously Pegasus Airlines announced as of June 12, 2014 the company will operate flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to the Kingdom of Bahrain, located in the Persian Gulf. Pegasus flights to Bahrain, literally translating as ‘The Two Seas’, will run three days a week leaving London Stansted at 12.55 and connecting from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bahrain International Airport at 22.15 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to arrive at 02:05. The returning flight from Bahrain to London will leave at 03.05 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arrive at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen at 07.20 and connecting to London Stansted at 10.20, arriving at 12.15.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-82R TC-CPF (msn 40879) arrives at Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg (EuroAirport).
Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) (Istanbul) will be introducing Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen)-Hamburg service, four days a week on July 1 per Airline Route.
On the financial side, the Turkish issued this report:
Pegasus Airlines has disclosed its financial results for the year 2013. Continuing its double-digit growth in 2013, Pegasus increased sales revenue by 25 percent from the previous year to 2.4 billion Turkish Lira and its gross profit by 41 percent from the previous year to 450,515,424 Turkish Lira ($202 million).
In 2013 Pegasus launched 13 new destinations; and flew 16.8 million guests
Continuing its dynamic and prolific growth in 2013, Pegasus’ operating profit increased by 28 per cent to reach 258 million Turkish Lira. Having carried 16.8 million guests in 2013, Pegasus’ Operational EBITDAR reached 533.5 million Turkish Lira while its EBITDAR margin increased by 22.3 per cent.
Extending its flight network with 13 new destinations in 2013, Pegasus increased its domestic market share from 25.7 per cent to 26.9 per cent and its international market share from 8.1 percent to 9 percent. On domestic flights 27 out of every 100 passengers flew with Pegasus.
Pegasus’ blended load factor reached 80.2 per cent and average guest numbers per cycle reached 149.
Having launched 13 new destinations in 2013, comprising of 7 Turkish domestic and 6 international routes, Pegasus extended its flight network such that it reached 76 destinations in 30 countries by the end of 2013; translating to 23.3 per cent yearly growth in the number of guests travelling on its domestic Turkish routes and 24.8 per cent yearly growth in the number of international guests. By increasing the average number of its guests on a single flight to 149 in 2013; and by continuing to make effective and efficient use of its fleet, Pegasus has increased its average daily aircraft utilisation to 12.6 block hours
Load factors reached an average of 80.2 per cent in 2013 across all domestic Turkish and international flights. Between 2005 and 2013, Pegasus flew 42.3 million guests, translating to 72 per cent of its total guests, to their destinations for under 100 Turkish Lira and 15.1 million guests, that is, 26 per cent of its total guests, for under 50 Turkish Lira. In 2013, an average of 90.24 per cent of Pegasus’ flights departed on-time, reflecting its uncompromising mission of providing punctual flights for its guests.
Sertaç Haybat, Pegasus Airlines General Manager, announced: “We have continued our sustained growth in 2013, reflecting our position not just as the fastest growing airline in Turkey in recent years, but also in Europe. From 2007 to 2013 Pegasus achieved an average annual growth rate of 27 per cent for domestic flights against a sector average of 16 per cent. In 2013, 27 people out of every 100 in Turkey travelled to their domestic destinations with Pegasus; and in total 16.8 million guests on domestic and international destinations were able to experience the next-generation in travel with us. By providing our guests with the opportunity to design their flights in accordance with their preferences we also provided them with the opportunity of enriching their travel experiences. Meanwhile, our ever-expanding flight network has presented our guests with new destinations to discover and so we have continued to offer them the opportunity to travel at affordable prices. We owe our low fares to our operational productivity and our young fleet. Pegasus is not only one of the most popular airlines in Turkey for its implementation of the low cost model; but also within Europe. Our website, flypgs.com, is now known as the address for affordable flights in both Europe and Turkey. In order to continue the growth we achieved in 2013 into 2014, we will continue to create new opportunities to ‘fly and go’ for our Pegasus guests with our new destinations and increasing flight frequencies.”
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-82R WL TC-CPJ (msn 40881) arrives at Amsterdam.