Corendon Airlines (CAI) is a Turkish registered airline headquartered in Antalya Turkey. Corendon Dutch Airlines (CND) is a Dutch registered airline headquartered in Lijnden, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.
The airline was founded in 2004 with fight operations starting in April 2005. Flight hours per year grew from 6,200 in 2005 to 10,500 in 2006 and 14,000 in 2007. Passengers carried totalled 220,000 in 2005, 470,000 in 2006 and 780,000 in 2007.
On 2 March 2010, a Corendon Airlines pilot, Thomas Salme, was arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands after flying commercial jets for 13 years without a licence. He was due to fly a Boeing 737–400 to Ankara, Turkey with 101 passengers on board when the Dutch police arrested him. A back-up pilot was standing by to fly the jet to its destination. It is reported that he had clocked up to 10,000 hours flying passenger jets for various European airlines and two years with Corendon before the tip off from Swedish authorities. He had held a light aircraft licence, but that had expired in 1997, 13 years before the incident.
On 2 October 2010 at 19:15 local time, a Corendon Airlines Boeing 737–400 aircraft overshot the runway and came to a halt when its front landing gear struck the soil at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Everyone evacuated safely.
On 14 October 2012 at 04:00 local time, A Corendon Airlines Boeing 737–800 aircraft sustained substantial fire damage to the cockpit at Antalya Airport (AYT), Turkey. At the time of the incident there were 189 passengers and 7 crew members on board; 27 passengers were hospitalized, 2 serious injuries reported.