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Özgür Töre 23 February 2021 sun express

SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, has announced its 2021 summer flight plan.

  • This summer, the airline will expand its flight network between Turkey and Europe by 23 new routes with 8 new destinations from Antalya and Izmir, including three major cities in the Middle East.
  • SunExpress, which brings the most tourists to Turkey's Mediterranean and Aegean coasts with direct flights, is ready to support a rebound in Turkish tourism this summer.
  • SunExpress CEO Max Kownatzki stated: “We are expecting to see a ramp-up in demand for

travel during the upcoming summer season: We believe that the widely applied vaccinations in many countries and easy availability of COVID-19 tests will be a driver for growth in tourism in the upcoming holiday season. This will enable all vacationers to travel more safely and will eventually lead to an increase in the number of European tourists visiting Turkey.”

Kownatzki: Turkish tourism will shine

“Turkey has carried out many successful initiatives to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 since the very beginning. The ‘Safe Tourism’ program is one of the leading examples of the Turkish government's great contributions to Turkish tourism.

Depending on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout progress in Turkey and countries in our flight network, Turkish tourism will gain considerable momentum and emerge from this crisis stronger.

As a key contributor to the Turkish tourism industry, we are poised to foster this strong comeback.”

Flights to the Middle East to begin

Announcing that SunExpress will start flying to 23 new routes including 8 new destinations from Antalya and Izmir during the 2021 summer season, Kownatzki said: “This summer, we are opening up new markets as well as strengthening the already existing connections we have built between Turkey and Europe. We will connect Antalya and Izmir to several of the most visited cities in the Eastern European and Middle Eastern regions with direct flights.”

“We always listen to our passengers, and thanks to our dynamic and flexible organization, we put our focus on the destinations our passengers want the most. All our routes feature our safe travel and health initiatives to ensure a worry-free travel experience.”

23 new routes in 2021 Summer Season

SunExpress, which operates direct flights from Turkey to 27 countries and 52 destinations, will offer almost 6 million seats on international routes and 1.8 million seats on domestic routes in the upcoming summer season.

SunExpress will connect its main hub Antalya to 10 domestic and 40 international destinations in summer 2021, including 9 international and 2 domestic new routes:

International Domestic
Beirut  New Hatay  New
Geneva New Malatya New
Erbil  New
Chișinău New
Ljubljana New
London NewGatwick
Manchester New
Sofia New
Tel Aviv New
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Connecting Izmir to 31 international and 14 domestic destinations in the upcoming summer season, SunExpress will offer 4 new international and 1 domestic flights from Izmir:

International Domestic
Beirut  New Bodrum  New
Geneva  New
Kiev New
Tel Aviv  New

Besides Antalya and Izmir, SunExpress, which connects 15 Anatolian cities including Bodrum and Dalaman with direct flights to numerous European cities, will start flying to 7 new routes from 5 different Anatolian cities in the 2021 summer season:

Bodrum Eskişehir Hatay Malatya Zonguldak
Cologne/Bonn New Brussels  New Dusseldorf New Frankfurt New Dusseldorf  New
Vienna  New Dusseldorf New

SunExpress – Wikipedia

Turkish airline
“Sun Express” redirects here. For the cargo ship attacked by Somali pirates, see MV Sun Express.






  • İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport

Focus cities

  • Antalya Airport

Frequent-flyer programSunExpress BonusFleet size58Destinations66Parent companyTurkish Airlines (50%) Lufthansa Group (50%)HeadquartersAntalya, TurkeyKey people

  • Max Kownatzki, CEO
  • Ahmet Fevzi Çalışkan, Deputy CEO


SunExpress, is a Turkish-German airline based in Antalya.[1] SunExpress was founded in October 1989 as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. It operates scheduled and chartered passenger flights to 90 destinations in 30 countries in Europe as well as North Africa, the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Red Sea.[2] The airline concentrates on international tourism, ethnic travel, and domestic Turkish flights to cities of Anatolia. The total number of SunExpress employees is 5,000.[citation needed]


SunExpress Boeing 737-800 in the old livery
SunExpress Boeing 737-800 in special livery to celebrate the 20th anniversary

SunExpress was founded in Antalya in October 1989 as a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. Its first flight was in 1990.

SunExpress became the first private airline company to offer international scheduled flights from Turkey with its first Antalya-Frankfurt flight in 2001. SunExpress opened its second base in İzmir and started to operate domestic flights in 2006. With this launch, SunExpress became the first airline company to connect İzmir with Anatolian cities with direct flights in Turkey.

In May 2010, SunExpress took delivery of the first of six newly purchased Boeing 737-800s and launched its new corporate identity including its new logo, aircraft livery, new corporate colours, uniforms and visual identity elements.

SunExpress Deutschland GmbH was founded in 2011. The company started business operations in June 2011. Besides the Turkish destinations on the South Coast, on the Aegean, on the Black Sea and in the East of the country, it also serves – with German registration – destinations along the Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa and Red Sea.

SunExpress decided to invest in its building and SunExpress Plaza was built in June 2012. The new company building is environmental friendly, and is located in a natural setting. The architectural theme of the building is transparency and naturalness; therefore each room has been designed so that it has access to natural light and fresh air.

The sun is a source for clean energy inside the building. The solar panels on the roof generate enough electricity to supply power to all of the computers. On the exterior of the building, “smart” glass panels have been used to allow sun rays to shine inside the building while blocking out unwanted heat to help reduce cooling costs.

Orange, bergamot, and lemon trees have been planted in both the interior and exterior gardens. The building consists of 1 basement and 4 floors which house 250 SunExpress employees in 87 offices. There are several special category spaces incorporating meeting, briefing, training, storage, and various special operation rooms.

The building also hosts common archive room, a stationary flight simulator room and a general purpose auditorium.[citation needed]

On 23 June 2020, it has been announced that SunExpress' German subsidiary SunExpress Deutschland would cease operations and be liquidated.[3] Its route network would be partially taken over by SunExpress and Eurowings.[4]


SunExpress serves the following destinations as of February 2021:[5]






Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
Bulgaria Sofia Sofia Airport Seasonal [6]
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague Seasonal
Denmark Aalborg Aalborg Airport Seasonal
Billund Billund Airport Seasonal
Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport Seasonal
Finland Helsinki Helsinki Airport Seasonal
France Lyon Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport Seasonal
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport Seasonal
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Seasonal
Germany Berlin Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Bremen Bremen Airport
Cologne/Bonn Cologne Bonn Airport
Dortmund Dortmund Airport Seasonal
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Hamburg Hamburg Airport
Hanover Hannover Airport
Leipzig/Halle Leipzig/Halle Airport
Munich Munich Airport
Münster/Osnabrück Münster Osnabrück International Airport
Nuremberg Nuremberg Airport
Saarbrücken Saarbrücken Airport
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Seasonal
Iraq Erbil Erbil International Airport Seasonal [7]
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Seasonal [6]
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport Seasonal [6]
Moldova Chișinău Chișinău International Airport Seasonal [7]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Eindhoven Eindhoven Airport Seasonal
Norway Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen Seasonal
Poland Katowice Katowice Airport Seasonal
Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport Seasonal
Russia Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Seasonal [8]
Slovenia Ljubljana Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Seasonal [6]
Sweden Gothenburg Göteborg Landvetter Airport Seasonal
Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport Seasonal
Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport Seasonal [7]
Zürich Zürich Airport
SwitzerlandFranceGermany BaselMulhouseFreiburg EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
Turkey Adana Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Ankara Esenboğa International Airport
Antalya Antalya Airport Focus city
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport Seasonal
Dalaman Dalaman Airport Seasonal
Diyarbakır Diyarbakır Airport
Elazığ Elazığ Airport Seasonal
Eskişehir Hasan Polatkan Airport Seasonal
Erzurum Erzurum Airport
Gaziantep Oğuzeli Airport
Hatay Hatay Airport
Izmir İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport Hub
Kars Kars Harakani Airport
Kayseri Erkilet International Airport
Konya Konya Airport
Malatya Malatya Erhaç Airport
Samsun Samsun-Çarşamba Airport
Trabzon Trabzon Airport
Van Van Ferit Melen Airport
Zonguldak Zonguldak Airport Seasonal [7]
Ukraine Kyiv Boryspil International Airport Seasonal [6]
United Kingdom London Luton Airport Seasonal
Gatwick Airport Seasonal [7]
Manchester Manchester Airport Seasonal [7]


As of February 2021, the SunExpress fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

SunExpress Boeing 737-800


In service







Boeing 737-800 58 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 42[10][11][12] TBA


  1. ^ “Imprint.” SunExpress. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ “Company Profile”.
  3. ^ “”. 2020-06-23.
  4. ^ (German) 23 June 2020
  5. ^ “Flight Connections Winter 2019/2020”. SunExpress.

    Retrieved 19 February 2020.

  6. ^ a b c d e Liu, Jim. “SunExpress S21 network additions as of 11OCT20”. Routesonline. Retrieved 13 October 2020.

  7. ^ a b c d e f “SunExpress Announces 2021 Summer Program”. 23 February 2021.
  8. ^ “SunExpress plans new routes in S18”. 16 November 2017.

  9. ^ “Fleet”.
  10. ^ Perry, Dominic. “DUBAI: SunExpress tops up Max orders with 10-unit deal”. FlightGlobal. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  11. ^ “SunExpress places order for 50 Boeing aircraft”. Retrieved 19 February 2014.

  12. ^ “Boeing Inks New Deal With SunExpress Worth Billions”. Retrieved 21 February 2014.

External links

Media related to SunExpress at Wikimedia Commons

  • SunExpress official website (in English)

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Дата основания


Базовые аэропорты



Международный аэропорт имени Сабихи Гёкчен Измир

Размер флота

47 (на июль 2021 года) [1]

Пунктов назначения


Материнская компания

Turkish Airlines[1] и Lufthansa Group[d][2]

Дочерние компании

SunExpress Deutschland[d]


Стамбул, Турция


Paul Schwaiger (Генеральный директор)

Число сотрудников


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SunExpress (тур. Güneş Ekspres Havacılık A.Ş.) — авиакомпания, базирующаяся в Анталье, Турция. Она осуществляет регулярные и чартерные пассажирские авиаперевозки по Европе и Турции. Основная база — Аэропорт Антальи.


Авиакомпания была основана в октябре 1989 года и начала коммерческие перевозки в апреле следующего года чартерными полётами во Франкфурт-на-Майне (Западная Германия).

SunExpress была основана как совместное предприятие между Turkish Airlines и Lufthansa. В 1995 году Lufthansa передала свою долю SunExpress в авиакомпанию Condor Airlines с целью консолидации туристического бизнеса единый юнит.

В феврале 2007 года Condor Airlines возвратила свою долю в проекте назад компании Lufthansa.

Собственники SunExpress: 50% Turkish Airlines и 50% Lufthansa. Авиакомпания перевезла чуть более 2 млн 358 тысяч пассажиров в 2006 году. С 617 сотрудниками, 373 из которых — лётный состав и стюардессы, SunExpress является крупнейшим работодателем в Анталье. С учётом 181 человек в измирском и 23 — во франкфуртском офисах, SunExpress даёт работу в общей сложности 821 человеку.

SunExpress — единственная турецкая авикакомпания, прошедшая сертификацию по ISO 9001, ISO 14001 и Ohsas 18001.

Boeing 737-800 SunExpress приземляется во Франкфурте-на-Майне, Германия

Пункты назначения

На июнь 2017 SunExpress совершала полёты в следующие города[3]:

  • Россия
    • Москва — Жуковский
  • Австрия
    • Вена — Вена-Швехат
    • Грац — Грац-Талерхоф
  • Франция
    • Мюлуз — EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
  • Германия
    • Берлин — Шёнефельд
    • Берлин — Тегель
    • Кёльн — Аэропорт Кёльн-Бонн
    • Дортмунд — Дортмунд
    • Дюссельдорф — Дюссельдорф
    • Франкфурт-на-Майне — Франкфурт-на-Майне
    • Гамбург — Гамбург
    • Ганновер — Ганновер-Лангенхаген
    • Мюнхен — Мюнхен
    • Мюнстер — Мюнстер
    • Нюрнберг — Нюрнберг
    • Саарбрюккен — Саарбрюккен
    • Штутгарт — Штутгарт
  • Греция
    • Афины — Афины
  • Нидерланды
    • Амстердам — Схипхол
  • Норвегия
    • Осло — Гардермуэн
  • Швеция
    • Стокгольм — Стокгольм-Арланда
  • Швейцария
    • Цюрих — Цюрих
  • Турция
    • Адана — Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
    • Анталья — Анталья
    • Бодрум — Milas-Bodrum Airport
    • Диярбакыр — Diyarbakır Airport
    • Эрзинджан — Erzincan Airport
    • Эрзурум — Erzurum Airport
    • Газиантеп — Oğuzeli Airport
    • Хатай — Hatay Airport
    • Стамбул — Международный аэропорт имени Сабихи Гёкчен
    • Измир — Измир
    • Карс — Kars Airport
    • Кайсери — Erkilet International Airport
    • Малатья — Malatya Erhaç Airport
    • Мардин — Mardin Airport
    • Самсун — Samsun-Çarşamba Airport
    • Сивас — Sivas Airport
    • Трабзон — Trabzon Airport
    • Ван — Van Ferit Melen Airport
    • Енишехир — Yenişehir Airport


В июле 2021 года флот SunExpress состоял из 47 самолетов, средний возраст которых 10,6 лет:

Флот SunExpress



Пассажирских мест


Boeing 737-800 47 189
Всего 47


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  3. ↑ Route Network — Booking — SunExpress Airlines


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