ISTANBUL, TURKEY — Pegasus prepares for major expansion with additional aircraft order and airport Capacity Boost"

Pegasus Airlines has hinted at an upcoming order for new aircraft as it prepares for the opening of a second runway at its hub, Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

During a briefing at the IATA AGM in Istanbul, Pegasus CEO, Guliz Ozturk, indicated that the airline still anticipates the delivery of 42 aircraft from its existing order of 114 Airbus A320neo-family jets, set to arrive by 2026.

"We will be working on a new order beyond that... we don't have the specifics yet but you will be hearing from us," she mentioned.

The additional aircraft will enable the airline to capitalize on strong demand, especially in the leisure travel segment, as it expands its international network. This growth will be facilitated by the opening of a second runway at Sabiha Gokcen Airport expected this July, followed by the unveiling of a second terminal planned for 2026.

"Turkey offers tremendous growth opportunities and has the infrastructure to support that growth," Ozturk said. "With the second terminal, we will certainly leverage the capacity of the double runway."

Pegasus, with a current fleet of 99 aircraft, is set to exceed the hundred mark this year, reaching 103 aircraft by the end of the year.

The airline initially placed an order for 75 A320neo-family jets in 2012, with additional units added over time.

As of March 31 this year, the Pegasus fleet includes 17 Boeing 737-800s, eight A320ceos, 46 A320neos, and 28 A321neos.