Turkish airline Pegasus Airlines will be opening a new daily service to Istanbul from 30 March next year, with onward connecting flights to around 30 destinations in 9 countries (including Russia, Dubai, Qatar, Lebanon, Iran and Ukraine).
Pegasus Airlines attributes its decision to the large Turkish community in the region, as well as the reputation of Charleroi Airport (ranked the fourth best “low cost” airport in the world).
“We are starting to gain an international reputation,” explains Jean-Jacques Cloquet, CEO of Charleroi Airport. “I can also reveal that we’re currently in discussions with other airlines.“
Charleroi Airport has experienced exceptional growth in a little over 20 years. The public’s appetite for low-cost flights has meant that the airport has smashed all its projections. This new partnership with Pegasus Airlines should attract even more passengers to the airport.
Charleroi Airport will be investing more than 70 million euros in extending its existing infrastructure, aiming to reach a target of 9 million passengers by 2020, and 15 million by 2030 (the same level as Brussels Zaventem Airport).