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LONDON STANSTED: April 25, 2017. Pegasus Airlines is launching new B737-800 services from London Stansted to four destinations in Russia plus Abu Dhabi, via its Sabiha Gokcen hub on the Asia side of Istanbul.

The airline's new thrice-weekly services include the start of flights to Grozny on April 12, Samara and Volgograd on June 19 and to Nizhny Novgorod and Abu Dhabi the following day.

Pegasus will now offer freight capacity to seven Russian points including its current services to Moscow, Krasnodar and Mineralnye Vody.

Pegasus StanstedAbu Dhabi is the airline's fifth GCC destination in addition to Kuwait, Bahrain, Doha and Dubai and expands the Pegasus network to 103 destinations in 40 countries

Last month the airline celebrated 10 years of flying from Stansted to over 60 destinations across Turkey, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa.

Pegasus Airlines CCO Guliz Ozturk commented: "We are proud to have flown over 1.5 million guests since launching our scheduled service at London Stansted Airport ten years ago. I am delighted to confirm that the strong and positive relationship between Pegasus Airlines and London Stansted Airport is one that we will continue to build upon for further success in the future."

Pegasus said "despite the many developments that have negatively affected the aviation industry," it managed to increase its turnover by 6.0 percent last year as the number of passengers flown rose 8.1 percent year-on-year to 24.14 million.

Stansted Airport aviation director Mats Sigurdson added: "I'd like to offer my congratulations to Pegasus on a fantastic and very successful ten years at the airport. We are very proud to have them as a highly valued and key partner at the airport and very much look forward to working with them for many years to come."

The current flights to Grozny operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; flights to Samara will operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturday; to Volgograd on Monday, Friday and Saturday; and Nizhny Novgorod on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Flights from Stansted to Abu Dhabi will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to the airline.

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