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Sabiha Gokcen airport

Etihad AirwaysEtihad Airways recently announced its intent to expand its services to Istanbul during 2016 with a new four times weekly service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

The service will commence on 1 July 2016 and be served by an Airbus A320-200, with 16 seats in business and 120 in economy. The airline already operates a daily service to Istanbul Ataturk Airport but market demand has created an opportunity to deploy additional capacity into Sabiha Gokcen.

James Hogan, president and chief executive officer for Etihad Airways said: “Istanbul is a critically important market within our global network and we plan to serve both city airports to support our wider expansion plans. We have seen an increasing number of guests travelling between both UAE and Turkey and we want this trend to continue and grow during 2016.”

Etihad Airways originally launched services to Istanbul in June 2009. Today, the airline operates a daily service on the Airbus A330, with full network connectivity. Istanbul Ataturk is a popular destination within the Etihad Airways network, that it will host the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are also being added to other cities such as Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai and Johannesburg during 2016.

By swapping to Sabiha Gokcen airport, airBaltic will improve its schedule and connections via Riga for the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS, said airBaltic COO Michael Grimme.

“Furthermore, the move also helps to reduce travel time for our customers between central Istanbul and the airport,” he said.

Over the first month of the new route, passengers arriving on airBaltic’s B737-300s to Sabiha Gokcen can hop on a complimentary shuttle bus from the airport to Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

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