Pegasus open to second hub at new Istanbul airport

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Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines is open to the possibility of making the planned $8 billion new Istanbul hub airport a second hub after its Sabiha Gokcen base if they offer them an attractive commercial deal.

Speaking during the recent World Low Cost Airlines Congressin London, Pegasus chief commercial officer Guliz Ozturk said: "If we get a good deal with them it could become a new hub." She adds much will depend on whether Istanbul's existing Ataturk airport remains open once the new gateway is completed.

However the Pegasus commercial chief is unconvinced that an airport on the scale that is being envisaged can be completed by 2017 which is the Turkish government’s aim.

“I think it’s early, it’s not a terminal it’s an airport. I would say another six to seven years to become operational,” she says.