A new air link between Manchester and Istanbul will rise to daily flights for the summer peak.

Turkish budget carrier Pegasus Airlines started the service yesterday with five flights a week to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport, one of two serving the country’s largest city with passenger flights.

Frequency rises to daily flights from July 21, supplementing the airline’s four-times daily flights to Istanbul from and a summer Izmir service from Stansted.

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The new route connects Manchester airport to 32 destinations across Turkey and 39 others across the Middle East.

Fares to Istanbul start at £79.99 one-way.

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

“We have flown over 2.7 million guests to and from the UK on these routes since launching and are now delighted to be adding such a key destination as Manchester.”