Airline in focus: SunExpress

This week we profile Routes Africa 2018 attendee SunExpress, the Turkish airline based in Antalya.

Image result for sunexpress logoEach week we will examine in detail one of the airlines attending an upcoming Routes event. In this edition we analyse SunExpress, which is attending Routes Africa 2018.


SunExpress (XQ) was founded in October 1989 as a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. 

The carrier became the first private airline company to offer international scheduled flights from Turkey with its first Antalya-Frankfurt flight in 2001. The timetable of scheduled services was expanded with the introduction of Izmir as second hub in 2005 with numerous flights to and from the third-largest city in Turkey.

Increasing its scheduled flights from year-to-year, SunExpress opened its second base in İzmir and started to operate domestic flights in 2006.

The holiday airline now offers a wide variety of non-stop frequencies between Europe and Turkey, Germany and holiday destinations like the Red Sea, Greek, Bulgaria, Italy and the Canary Islands. In 2017 it carried 8.8 million passengers and operated 57,675 flights.

See more details about SunExpress on Route Exchange

 The data is all supplied by OAG Aviation using its OAG Schedules Analyser tool.

Key facts

Headquarters Antalya, Turkey
Total ASKs (2017) 11,896,689,700
Total seats (2017) 5,597,412
Total routes (2017) 133
Total departure points (2017) 57
Total countries (2017) 14

Route map (summer 2018) - click to enlarge:

Sun express network summer 2018


ASM PurpleASM is hosting a special training event in December to mark its 25th anniversary in route development. The two-day event will play host to an impressive line-up of senior airline, airport and Industry speakers around the theme of 'If route development was perfect, what would it look like?'. 

Speakers include:

  • Gabriel Schmilovich Isgut, director network strategy, Vueling
  • Leon Verhallen, head of aviation development, Brussels Airport 
  • Laurie Berryman, former meneral manager UK and Ireland, Emirates.

Delegates will have the opportunity to network, socialise and discuss their opportunities with the respective speakers throughout the event.

Places are limited so please click on the following link to find out more details and book your place on what promises to be a fantastic conversation.

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