The first regular passenger flight from Istanbul was welcomed with a grand ceremony at Plovdiv Airport. The Pegasus Airlines plane landed minutes after 16:00 on February 18th. With this, the flights between Plovdiv Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport have officially started.
Among the guests of the ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Naydenov, as well as the Ambassador of Bulgaria to Turkey Angel Cholakov, Mayor of Plovdiv Zdravko Dimitrov, Consul General of Plovdiv Korngero, Deputy of GNAT Bursa Mustafa Esgin, and Šebeli (Gebeli). Mayor Boran Haciv, in addition to Rhodope Mayor Pavel Mihailov, representatives of airlines, local government and officials from Turkey participated.
After the completion of 2022, the strongest year in the history of Plovdiv Airport with 230 thousand passengers, the largest number of passengers served since its establishment, the company’s management also implemented a large-scale project to start flights to connect Plovdiv Airport with Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen. Airport .. managed to pass.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Plovdiv Airport Duychen Angelov said: “The launch of these flights is carried out only in cooperation with the Board of Directors of the Plovdiv Airport Development Fund, which includes Mayors Zdravko Dimitrov, Pavel Mihailov and Boran Hasiyev.” Angelov also said that regular flights would help strengthen relations between Bulgaria and Turkey.
Krasimir Pechev, CEO of Plovdiv Airport Operations, said: “The company’s management is also working on other projects, including an aggressive charter program that will connect the region with Israel, which the airline ARKIA will launch in March 2023. By the end of the year, the main priority is to increase the number of destinations Current Wizz Air and Ryan Air from Plovdiv Airport.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Bursa deputy Mustafa Esgin said, “I would like to thank Bulgaria for being the first country to send aid teams to Turkey at this difficult time for us. This was the biggest earthquake in the history of our country,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Naydenov expressed his condolences to the families and relatives of those who lost their lives in the earthquake and said that our country will always stand by its neighbor.
Round-trip flights between Istanbul and Plovdiv will be operated by Pegasus Airlines, the Turkish low-cost airline, which was established in 1990 and has several air bases in Turkey, including Sabiha Gokcen Airport, from where flights will depart to Plovdiv Airport. The airline is currently the leading private airline in Turkey with additional freight and cargo transportation options. Over the past 20 years, the company has not stopped investing in enhancing safety and security measures, training professional staff, and modern smart solutions to communicate with customers in the digital age. The company provides connections to 120 destinations around the world with its air fleet.
With the first flight, relief items including tents, bedding, sanitary products, baby diapers and clothes for earthquake victims were delivered to Turkey.
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