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SunExpress Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Frequent-flyer programSunPoints
SubsidiariesSunExpress Deutschland
Fleet size65
Parent companyTurkish Airlines
Lufthansa Group
HeadquartersAntalya, Turkey
Key people
  • Jens Bischof, CEO
  • Ahmet Fevzi Çalışkan,
(Assistant general manager)
Employees3,000 Edit this at Wikidata

Güneş Ekspress Havacılık A.Ş., doing business as SunExpress, is a Turkish airline based in Antalya.[1] It operates scheduled and chartered passenger flights to various destinations in Europe, Asia and North Africa.


SunExpress Boeing 737-800 in the old livery
SunExpress Boeing 737-800 in special livery to celebrate the 20th anniversary

The airline was established in October 1989 and started operations in April 1990 with a charter service between Antalya and Frankfurt. SunExpress was founded as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and the Lufthansa Group/Condor Flugdienst. In 1995, the Lufthansa Group transferred its SunExpress shares to Condor. All tourist flights operate under a single unit. In February 2007, all Condor shares were retaken by the Lufthansa Group as Condor was acquired by Thomas Cook AG (now Thomas Cook Group).

SunExpress is currently a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and the Lufthansa Group, each owning 50 percent of the airline. With 886 employees the company is the largest employer in Antalya. SunExpress counts 393 employees in Izmir, 299 in Istanbul, 178 in Ankara, 42 in Anatolian cities and 334 in Frankfurt, Germany. The total SunExpress workforce number is 2.132 with other domestic bases.[2]

Operating touristic charter flights between Europe – specifically Germany – and Antalya for a long time, SunExpress became the first private airline company to offer international scheduled flights from Turkey with its first Antalya-Frankfurt flight in 2001.

Increasing its scheduled flights rapidly day-by-day, SunExpress opened its second base in İzmir and started to operate domestic flights in 2006. With this launch, SunExpress became the first airline company to connect İzmir with Anatolian cities with direct flights in Turkey.

The company announced a comprehensive re-branding and product enhancement project by the end of its 20th anniversary, which was celebrated at an event in Antalya on 1 May 2010. At this event SunExpress welcomed its next 20 years with the delivery of the first of six newly purchased Boeing 737-800s and launched its new corporate identity including its new logo, aircraft livery, new corporate colours, uniforms and entire visual identity elements. SunExpress also revealed many brand new features to create extra quality and value for its customers. The launch of SunPoints – SunExpress’ frequent flyer programme – and direct flights between Anatolia and Germany for the first time in Turkey were also the other highlights of 2010 for SunExpress.

SunExpress was given a further boost in 2011 with the foundation of SunExpress Deutschland GmbH. The company started business operations in June 2011. Besides the Turkish destinations on the South Coast, on the Aegean, on the Black Sea and in the East of the country it also serves – with German registration – destinations on the Red Sea and on the Nile in Egypt, Canary Island(Spain) since November 2011. Frankfurt – Hahn and Varna (Bulgaria), Batman, Bremen, Enfidha (Tunisia), Lefkosa and Strasbourg destinations were later added into flight network.


SunExpress serves the following destinations as of April 2017:[3]

City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Adana Turkey ADA LTAF Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Agadir Morocco AGA GMAD Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Amsterdam Netherlands AMS EHAM Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Ankara Turkey ESB LTAC Esenboğa International Airport
Antalya Turkey AYT LTAI Antalya AirportHUB
Basel/Mulhouse Switzerland / France BSL LFSB EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg
Batman Turkey BAL LTCJ Batman Airport
Berlin Germany TXL EDDT Berlin Tegel Airport
Bodrum Turkey BJV LTFE Milas–Bodrum Airport
Bremen Germany BRE EDDW Bremen Airport
Brussels Belgium BRU EBBR Brussels Airport
Bucharest Romania OTP LROP Henri Coandă International Airport
Burgas Bulgaria BOJ LBBG Burgas Airport
Chania Greece CHQ LGSA Chania International Airport
Cologne/Bonn Germany CGN EDDK Cologne Bonn Airport
Copenhagen Denmark CPH EKCH Copenhagen Airport
Dalaman Turkey DLM LTBS Dalaman Airport
Dammam Saudi Arabia DMM OEDF King Fahd International Airport
Diyarbakır Turkey DIY LTCC Diyarbakır Airport
Dortmund Germany DTM EDLW Dortmund Airport
Dresden Germany DRS EDDC Dresden Airport
Düsseldorf Germany DUS EDDL Düsseldorf Airport
Eindhoven The Netherlands EIN EHEH Eindhoven Airport
Elazığ Turkey EZS LTCA Elazığ Airport
Erfurt Germany ERF EDDE Erfurt–Weimar Airport
Erzurum Turkey ERZ LTCE Erzurum Airport
Frankfurt Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport
Fuerteventura Spain FUE GCFV Fuerteventura Airport
Friedrichshafen Germany FDH EDNY Friedrichshafen Airport
Gaziantep Turkey GZT LTAJ Oğuzeli Airport
Geneva Switzerland GVA LSGG Geneva Airport
Gran Canaria Spain LPA GCLP Gran Canaria Airport
Graz Austria GRZ LOWG Graz Airport
Hamburg Germany HAM EDDH Hamburg Airport
Hannover Germany HAJ EDDV Hannover Airport
Helsinki Finland HEL EFHK Helsinki Airport
Heraklion Greece HER LGIR Heraklion International Airport
Hurghada Egypt HRG HEGN Hurghada International Airport
Innsbruck Austria INN LOWI Innsbruck Airport
Istanbul Turkey SAW LTFJ Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Izmir Turkey ADB LTBJ Adnan Menderes AirportHUB
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Germany FKB EDSB Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport
Kars Turkey KSY LTCF Kars Airport
Kayseri Turkey ASR LTAU Erkilet International Airport
Konya Turkey KYA LTAN Konya Airport
Lamezia Terme Italy SUF LICA Lamezia Terme International Airport
Lanzarote Spain ACE GCRR Lanzarote Airport
Leipzig/Halle Germany LEJ EDDP Leipzig/Halle Airport
Linz Austria LNZ LOWL Linz Airport
London United Kingdom LTN EGGW London Luton Airport
Malatya Turkey MLX LTAT Malatya Erhaç Airport
Manama Bahrain BAH OBBI Bahrain International Airport [4]
Memmingen Germany FMM EDJA Memmingen Airport
Moscow Russia ZIA UUBW Zhukovsky International Airport[5]
Munich Germany MUC EDDM Munich Airport
Münster/Osnabrück Germany FMO EDDG Münster Osnabrück International Airport
Nador Morocco NDR GMMW Nador International Airport
Nuremberg Germany NUE EDDN Nuremberg Airport
Ordu/Giresun[6] Turkey OGU LTCP Ordu-Giresun Airport
Oslo Norway OSL ENGM Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Paderborn Germany PAD EDLP Paderborn Lippstadt Airport
Paris France CDG LFPG Charles de Gaulle Airport
Pristina Kosovo PRN BKPR Pristina International Airport
Saarbrücken Germany SCN EDDR Saarbrücken Airport
Saint Petersburg[7] Russia LED ULLI Pulkovo Airport
Skopje Macedonia SKP LWSK Skopje Airport
Salzburg Austria SZG LOWS Salzburg Airport
Samsun Turkey SZF LTFH Samsun-Çarşamba Airport
Sofia Bulgaria SOF LBSF Sofia Airport
Stockholm Sweden ARN ESSA Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Strasbourg France SXB LFST Strasbourg Airport
Stuttgart Germany STR EDDS Stuttgart Airport
Tehran Iran IKA OIIE Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Tenerife Spain TFS GCTS Tenerife South Airport
Tirana Albania TIA LATI Tirana International Airport
Trabzon Turkey TZX LTCG Trabzon Airport
Van Turkey VAN LTCI Van Ferit Melen Airport
Varna Bulgaria VAR LBWN Varna Airport
Vienna Austria VIE LOWW Vienna International Airport
Zürich Switzerland ZRH LSZH Zurich Airport


As of January 2020, the SunExpress fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8]

Aircraft In service Orders[9][10] Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 65 189 Including German subsidiary.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 42[11] TBA
Total 65 42

Further aircraft are operated by SunExpress' German subsidiary SunExpress Deutschland under its own operational license.


  1. ^ "Imprint." SunExpress. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  2. ^ Company profile Retrieved 17 August 2013
  3. ^ "Flight Connections Summer 17" (PDF). SunExpress. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ Liu, Jim (22 October 2018). "SunExpress adds Bahrain service from 8 Nov 2018". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ Турецкие курорты стали еще доступнее с Kidy Tour (АвиаПорт). АвиаПорт.Ru (in Russian). 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  6. ^ "SunExpress schedules German routes from Ordu Giresun in S17". 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ "SunExpress plans new routes in S18". 16 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Fleet".
  9. ^ "SunExpress places order for 50 Boeing aircraft". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Boeing Inks New Deal With SunExpress Worth Billions". Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  11. ^ Perry, Dominic. "DUBAI: SunExpress tops up Max orders with 10-unit deal". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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