The inaugural flight arrived at 3:25 am (local time) on Tuesday 21st June and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute at the capital's airport. The new low-cost route will be operated by a Boeing B737-800 with 189-seat capacity. London flights connecting to Abu Dhabi via Istanbul depart from London Stansted at 14:00 three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the flights connecting on from Istanbul at 21:45. The flights return from Abu Dhabi Airport at 04:25 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. With the addition of Abu Dhabi to its network, Pegasus now connects 105 destinations in 40 countries. Pegasus connects Abu Dhabi airport to 55 destinations in the world, including London Stansted airport three times weekly. Pegasus guests can book their flights directly from www.flypgs.com, the Pegasus mobile App or via official agent sales channels with fares starting at £118 one way from London Stansted.
Commenting on the launch of its latest destination, Pegasus Airlines' Chief Commercial Officer Güliz Öztürk said: “As Turkey's leading low-cost airline, with scheduled flights to 105 destinations in 40 countries we are delighted to be launching flights to the majestic city of Abu Dhabi, our second destination in the United Arab Emirates. Our guests will be able to fly from 55 destinations to Abu Dhabi airport via Pegasus' hub at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen. We are confident that our low fares and wide ranging travel services will drive more traffic between Abu Dhabi and our extending network of destinations.” Commenting on the new flights, Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Pegasus on board as Abu Dhabi continues grow as a key global aviation hub. The addition of another airline flying to and from our key airport reaffirms our success in providing world-class airports and aviation services to all our customers; passengers and airlines. We are committed to offering Pegasus unparalleled service, whilst welcoming its passengers to the world-class city of Abu Dhabi.”