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About SunExpress

SunExpress is a passenger and scheduled charter from Turkey, founded in 1989 as a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.

SunExpress Airlines flies to many destinations including Adana, Amsterdam, Ankara, Berlin, Bodrum, Bremen, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Dalaman, Dortmund, Erbil, Erfurt, Hannover, London, Istanbul, Stuttgart, Tirana, Stockholm and Salzburg.

The airline has a home base in Antalya on the Turkish Riviera and a second most important base in Izmir on the Aegean coast. SunExpress focuses on three areas of business: international tourism, ethnic travel and the wet-lease business..

The company serves flights to various destinations around Europe, Asia and North Africa. The company’s main office is located in Antalya, in Turkey and has two main hubs, Adnan Menderes Airport in Izmir and Antalya Airport in Antalya.

Their main destinations are in Turkey and Germany, as well as Egypt and Morocco. SunExpess partners in Germany includes leading tour operators offering holidays in Turkey such as Neckerman, Oger Tours, TUI, Thomas Cook and Alltours.

SunExpress' fleet consists of Boeing 737-700s and Boeing 737-800s. SunExpress currently operates more than 1,000 flights per week, both internationally and for the domestic Turkish market.



SunExpress Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

SunExpress allows passengers to take one hand luggage item. This must weigh a maximum of 6kg.

Carry-on baggage must fit within the dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm.


Checked Baggage

SunExpress passengers are entitled to checked baggage allowance from 20kg to 40kg on international flights. This weight is dependent on the SunFare tariff booked, which can be found on your ticket, or online here.



SunExpress Check-In Information

Online Check-In

SunExpress offers online check-in for passengers.

For domestic flights from Turkey, SunExpress online check-in will open between 24hours - 45 minutes prior to departure.

For international flights from Turkey, SunExpress online check-in will open between 24 - 1 hour prior to departure.

For international flights from all other airports, check in will be open from 24 - 3.5 hours prior to departure.


Airport Check-In

SunExpress recommend passengers to check-in at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.



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Popular Routes


Basel  small plane icon  Izmir


Istanbul  small plane icon  Dusseldorf


Dortmund small plane icon  Antalya


Munich  small plane icon  Hamburg


Hanover  small plane icon  Izmir


Antalya  small plane icon  Stuttgart


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SunExpress Fleet


Airbus A330-200


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Boeing 737-700

Boeing 737-800






Boeing 737 MAX 8






HUB Airport - Adnan Menderes Airport


The Adnan Menderes Airport is a Turkish airport located in Izmir and acts as the Sun Express hub. Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines also use Adnan Menderes Airport has the hub for Adnan Menderes. 


The airport has two runaways and has a passenger capacity of 12 million per year. Airlines which fly to and from Adnan Menderes Airport include Aegean Airlines, easyJet, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, Saudia, Corendon Airlines, Atlasglobal, Turkish Airlines and Ural Airlines




Aerial view of Adnan Menderes Airport




SunExpress Destinations

      Albania   Tirana  
      Austria   Graz  
      Bahrain   Manama  
      Belgium   Brussels  
      Bulgaria   Burgas  
      Denmark   Copenhagen  
      Egypt   Hurghada  
      Finland   Helsinki  
      France   Paris  
      Germany   Berlin  
      Greece   Chania  
      Iran   Tehran  
      Italy   Lamezia Terme  
      Kosovo   Pristina  
      Macedonia   Skopje  
      Morocco   Agadir  
      Netherlands   Amsterdam  
      Norway   Oslo  
      Romania   Bucharest  
      Russia   Moscow  
          Saint Petersburg  
      Spain   Fuerteventura  
          Gran Canaria  
      Sweden   Stockholm  
      Switzerland   Geneva  
      The Netherlands   Eindhoven  
      Turkey   Adana  
      United Kingdom   London  



SunExpress News

18th June 2018

SunExpress to add Luton to its network

Turkish Airline, Sun Express Airlines, is adding four new routes that will connect various cities in Turkey with London Luton Airport. The first is a service between London Luton and Antalya which has already flown its inaugural flight last week. Sun Express will continue to fly this service two times a week. The other three routes include services to Ankara, Gaziantep and Bodrum, which will all begin flying at the end of June. SunExpress will operate the Luton—Ankara and Luton—Gaziantep routes twice a week and operate the Luton—Gaziantep route once a week.

SunExpress already has a route that connects Luton with Turkey — the airline has been flying between London Luton and Izmir for over three years.


20th May 2018

Germany's other airlines: Condor, TUIfly, Germania, SunExpress Germany

When Air Berlin Group disappeared from the market in Oct-2017 it took 10% of Germany's airline seat capacity. As has been pointed out in a number of CAPA reports, this gap has quickly been filled, with Lufthansa (through its Eurowings subsidiary) and easyJet taking on much of AirBerlin's capacity and Ryanair continuing on its organic growth path. While these big players dominate much of the German market and the headlines, Europe's number two aviation market has four other indigenous airlines that are quietly pursuing their own growth plans.

They comprise Condor and TUIfly (subsidiaries of Europe's leading tour operators), SunExpress Germany (co-owned by Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines), and Germania, which has been the fastest growing German airline over the past five years. Germany's 'other four' airlines are not yet challenging the dominance of Lufthansa Group, or even of Ryanair and easyJet (respectively number two and three in Germany), but they demonstrate the dynamic nature of this market.


15th May 2018

SunExpress decide against additional UK services due to Brexit

Uncertainty over traffic rights has causedSunExpress to reconsider its place in the UK leisure travel market.Speaking at Routes Europe conference last month, the airline's head of network planning Wilken Bellmann said "opportunities are being shoved away" because of complications around Brexit. This joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa has decided to air on the side of caution, stating that although the new routes in the pipeline would in fact benefit SunExpress passengers and potential customers, it is not wise to pursue such airports and flight services at this time.


4th May 2018

SunExpress review and update their on-flight menu

The Turkish airline have added a number of new food options to their menu in an attempt to better serve their customers with food options that they will really enjoy. Among the new additions are dishes such as Urfa kebab, Turkish kebab and ice cream. The new food items will be available to passengers on all domestic and international flights.

The airline confirmed that customer favourites such as chicken noodles, sausage, cucumber fried pita, and meatballs with tomato sauce and rice will remain on the menu. As well the healthy options that were offered prior to the menu change.


28th March 2018

SunExpress launch direct flights to three German cities

SunExpress airline has announced that it will start direct flights from the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır to three German cities on June 19. Direct flights from Diyarbakır to the German city of Frankfurt will start on June 19. The first direct flight from Diyarbakır to Dusseldorf will take place on June 21 and flights to Hannover will commence next day. The eventual goal of the airline is to carry out 1656 domestic and international flights departing Diyarbakir annually.


19th September 2017

Turkey's Sunexpress chooses the revenue accounting software SKYfly Revenue from ISO Software Systems in Nuremberg

SunExpress chooses the revenue accounting software SKYfly Revenue from ISO Software Systeme in Nuremberg after an extensive selection process.

The SunExpress airline will carry out its revenue accounting using SKYfly Revenue by ISO Software Systeme. The change to a new reservation system required SunExpress to also get an equally modern revenue accounting system. The scheduled and charter carrier from Turkey thus put out a call for proposals for such as system. In the end, SKYfly Revenue by ISO Software Systeme convinced SunExpress. After a short and smooth implementation phase, the system is now live. With some 7.5 million passengers per year, SunExpress is the largest airline to date to choose SKYfly Revenue Accounting by ISO Software Systems, bringing the total client count to 14 airlines.


11th September 2017

Turkey's Sun Express modifies Boeing order book

Sun Express has modified itsBoeing(BOE,Chicago O'Hare) order book, the US manufacturer has revealed in its latest update for August 2017. In February 2014, SunExpress ordered fifty aircraft from Boeing consisting of fortyB737-800s andB737 MAX 8s with ten options. Deliveries were to have run from 2015 through to 2021.

However, according to Boeing, the Turkish leisure specialist placed an order for seven B737 aircraft, while reducing its existing order by seven. As of July 2017, SunExpress's Boeing backlog consisted of seven B737-800s and twenty-five B737 MAX. SunExpress is a 50/50 joint-venture betweenLufthansa(LH,Frankfurt Int'l) andTurkish Airlines(TK,Istanbul Atatürk). It currently operates fifty-two B737-800s on scheduled and chartered passenger flights connecting Turkey with Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia.


August 2017

Sunexpress has marked its return to German soccer by securing deals with three Bundesliga outfits

Top-tier sides Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96 will all be sponsored by the airline for the next two seasons, with industry observer reporting that the tie-ups are likely to cost SunExpress a total of €1 million over that period.

BMW Euler renews Eintracht Frankfurt partnership

The three clubs will promote Sunexpress across their digital and social channels, as well as offering TV-relevant in-stadium advertising spots. Sunexpress will also run a fan activation campaign, giving supporters the chance to win flights to various destinations.

The carrier had previously made a big push into German soccer in the 2012/13 season, when it partnered with eight clubs from across the Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga and 3. Liga


April 2017

SunExpress landed in Antalya this year with the second new flight from the Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa's joint venture, SunExpress

SunExpress, which added the first aircraft of the year to its fleet on March 13th with the 'TC-SOC' queue registered, added the second of six Boeing 737-800 NGs expected to be delivered this year to the fleet.

By the end of this year, SunExpress's new aircraft, which plans to add 18 new Boeing 737-800 NGs to its fleet, has reached 68 in its fleet. In 2014, 50 Boeing 737-800NG and MAX aircraft orders worth about $ 4 billion 750 million were purchased in conjunction with TC-SOD, the number of new aircraft joining SunExpress's fleet in the ordering frame.


April 2017

SunExpress revitalise Antalya and Izmir tourism

SunExpress announced it brought 44 tour operators and travel agencies from Antalya to Antalya and Izmir to contribute and revitalise Antalya and Izmir tourism.

SunExpress, a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, brings 44 tour operators and travel agents from Germany to Antalya and Izmir to contribute and revitalize Antalya and Izmir tourism. SunExpress will connect Antalya and Izmir with scheduled flights both at home and abroad, between Antalya and Izmir between April 28 and May 1, together with local authorities, specialist German tour operator and travel agent in last minute sales.