Turkey ranks first in SunExpress Airlines' 2021 summer season plans

SunExpress, which is a joint venture of Turkish Airlines (THY) and Lufthansa and the airline with the second most advanced Flight fleet after THY, announced its 2021 summer season flight plans and new destinations where it will begin flying. For this summer, the company has added 23 new routes to Turkey and it is starting to fly from Antalya and Izmir, Turkey's favorite holiday destinations, to three important centers of the Middle East for the first time. The company will offer non-transfer flights to 52 destinations in 27 countries from Turkey.


"There is a very high demand for travel from Europe to Turkey," said Max Kownatzki, CEO of SunExpress, responding to all questions about new-era flight plans and tourism in Turkey.

How are your flight plans to Turkey this year?

This summer, our flight network between Turkey and Europe, our center to Antalya 9 new international destinations (Beirut, Geneva, Erbil, Chisinau, Ljubljana, Ljubljana, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Tel Aviv, and Sofia) and two new domestic destinations (Hatay and Malatya), including 23 in total, we will expand with new routes. We fly from Antalya and Izmir to 52 destinations in a total of 27 countries from Turkey, including Beirut, Erbil and Tel Aviv, which we have just launched. Finally, apart from Antalya and Izmir, we will operate direct flights from 15 Anatolian cities in total, including Bodrum and Dalaman, to many cities in Europe.

How is the European tourist's interest in Turkey?

According to our research, it shows that European tourists will prefer short and medium-haul destinations that have convincing measures to manage the Kovid-19 crisis for summer holidays. And this is Turkey!

How does the 'safe tourism document' affect the tourist's perspective?

The Turkish government took swift action against the Kovid-19 outbreak, and the measures taken to reduce the spread of the outbreak were managed very successfully from the first moment. Taking and implementing all measures against the epidemic for safe tourism plays an important role in tourists choosing Turkey.

Last summer, we brought 65 tourism professionals from Germany to Antalya and Izmir to see and experience safe holiday options and hygiene measures taken. The measures taken for a hygienic and healthy holiday in Turkey have greatly satisfied all participants, and currently, Germans see Turkey as the first alternative to a summer holiday.

What do you think about the 'vaccine passport' that is currently on Europe's agenda?

We absolutely support this for safe travel and the opening of visas. In order for vaccination passports to be implemented, we believe that all authorities should focus on making Kovid-19 Tests easily available and on making rapid vaccination widespread.