SunExpress heads for Newcastle

The Turkish leisure carrier has revealed plans for a new seasonal route to the North East.

SunExpress is set to launch seasonal services to Newcastle International Airport next summer. The Turkish leisure carrier – a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines – will offer thrice-weekly connections from the North East hub to its Antalya base from March 28 until October 28, 2023.

Peter Glade, SunExpress’ commercial director remarked: “What could be more fitting than to add a destination to our growing flight schedule that already carries the ‘New’ in its name? We are thrilled to be further expanding our footprint in the UK and to add Newcastle International Airport to our route network next year. I’m sure that passengers in England’s North Eastern region will fall in love quickly with our vibrant and diverse home city. It offers everything that makes for a successful holiday: crystal-clear water, beautiful beaches, excellent cuisine and unbeatable value for money.”

SunExpress is a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines
SunExpress is a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines Boeing

Newcastle’s aviation development manager Chris Ion added: ‘’We are delighted that SunExpress has chosen Newcastle and the North East of England as its newest UK airport gateway and we look forward to welcoming the airline in 2023. Turkey is one of the North East’s most popular holiday destinations and this summer saw our largest ever choice of flights and holidays to the destination.’’

SunExpress is the fourth carrier to offer direct flights between the two cities, joining Jet2.com, TUI Airways and Corendon Airlines.