Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines is to start flying from Manchester airport this summer.

The airline is to serve Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from July 1.

Flights will run five days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays with fares starting at £79.99 one-way.

The flights will connect to 32 destinations across Turkey, including Alanya, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir plus 39 international points.

The airline’s chief commercial officer Guliz Ozturk said: The UK is among our key markets in Europe, we already operate thrice daily flights from London Stansted to Istanbul with additional direct flights to Izmir Airport up to four times a week in summer.

“Since the launch of our scheduled flights from Stansted airport we have flown over 2.7 million guests from/to the UK and we’re confident that the new Manchester flights will be warmly welcomed by our future guests in northern England.

“We are delighted to extend our operations to an additional key region of the country, giving our UK guests more choice and flexibility when planning their travels.”