Turkey's Sky fixes date to start domestic scheduled routes

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Turkish charter carrier Sky Airlines, based in Antalya, is to start scheduled domestic flights by 15 January 2011.

Chief executive Talha Gorgulu says Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen-based flights will connect six cities in Turkey.

Sky will be the seventh private carrier to fly domestically in Turkey, he says, connecting Istanbul to Antalya, Ankara, Izmir, Diyarbakir, Van and Trabzon.

It aims to transport 1 million passengers in 2011 on domestic routes. The airline is investing $15 million to start domestic operations and will use four aircraft for the flights.

The airline is also looking to add more routes by the summer season.

Sky is also intending to start scheduled flights from Antalya to the German market. Gorgulu says: "We have the main permissions from Germany to fly schedules from Antalya.

"We want to add Russia and other countries from the Middle East and Africa."

Sky plans to acquire another three aircraft in the next two years. Its total fleet will reach 20 aircraft by the end of 2012.