SunExpress sets to boost Turkish tourism in Summer 2021

23. February 2021 - 13:50

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SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, has announced its 2021 summer flight plan. This summer, the airline will expand its flight network between Türkiye (Turkey) and Europe by 23 new routes with 8 new destinations from Antalya and Izmir, including three major cities in the Middle East.

SunExpress, which brings the most tourists to Türkiye (Turkey)’s Mediterranean and Aegean coasts with direct flights, is ready to support a rebound in Turkish tourism this summer.

SunExpress CEO Max Kownatzki stated: “We are expecting to see a ramp-up in demand for

travel during the upcoming summer season: We believe that the widely applied vaccinations in many countries and easy availability of COVID-19 tests will be a driver for growth in tourism in the upcoming holiday season. This will enable all vacationers to travel more safely and will eventually lead to an increase in the number of European tourists visiting Türkiye (Turkey).”

Kownatzki: Turkish tourism will shine

“Türkiye (Turkey) has carried out many successful initiatives to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 since the very beginning. The ‘Safe Tourism’ program is one of the leading examples of the Turkish government’s great contributions to Turkish tourism. Depending on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout progress in Türkiye (Turkey) and countries in our flight network, Turkish tourism will gain considerable momentum and emerge from this crisis stronger. As a key contributor to the Turkish tourism industry, we are poised to foster this strong comeback.”

Flights to the Middle East to begin

Announcing that SunExpress will start flying to 23 new routes including 8 new destinations from Antalya and Izmir during the 2021 summer season, Kownatzki said: “This summer, we are opening up new markets as well as strengthening the already existing connections we have built between Türkiye (Turkey) and Europe. We will connect Antalya and Izmir to several of the most visited cities in the Eastern European and Middle Eastern regions with direct flights.”

“We always listen to our passengers, and thanks to our dynamic and flexible organization, we put our focus on the destinations our passengers want the most. All our routes feature our safe travel and health initiatives to ensure a worry-free travel experience.”

23 new routes in 2021 Summer Season

SunExpress, which operates direct flights from Türkiye (Turkey) to 27 countries and 52 destinations, will offer almost 6 million seats on international routes and 1.8 million seats on domestic routes in the upcoming summer season.

SunExpress will connect its main hub Antalya to 10 domestic and 40 international destinations in summer 2021, including 9 international and 2 domestic new routes:

International Domestic
Beirut  New Hatay  New
Geneva New Malatya New
Erbil  New  
Chișinău New  
Ljubljana New  
London New


Manchester New  
Sofia New  
Tel Aviv New  

Connecting Izmir to 31 international and 14 domestic destinations in the upcoming summer season, SunExpress will offer 4 new international and 1 domestic flights from Izmir:

International Domestic
Beirut  New Bodrum  New
Geneva  New  
Kiev New  
Tel Aviv  New  

 Besides Antalya and Izmir, SunExpress, which connects 15 Anatolian cities including Bodrum and Dalaman with direct flights to numerous European cities, will start flying to 7 new routes from 5 different Anatolian cities in the 2021 summer season:

Bodrum Eskişehir Hatay Malatya Zonguldak
Cologne/Bonn New Brussels  New Dusseldorf New Frankfurt New Dusseldorf  New
Vienna  New Dusseldorf New