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Turkey-based Pegasus Airlines has expanded its ground operations at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

The airline will now offer ramp and aircraft parking services at the airport, where it operates around 400 flights every day.

The services include baggage loading and unloading, interior and exterior aircraft cleaning, de-icing, transfers between the terminal and aircraft, and other related services that are directly managed by the airline’s own staff.

Pegasus Airlines had already been operating its own baggage, check-in and boarding services at the Turkish airport.

Pegasus CEO Mehmet T. Nane said: "As we run 57% of our total operations and 70% of our summer operations through Sabiha Gokcen, the quality of the service we offer our guests here has utmost significance for our general operational quality and service excellence.

"By taking over the ramp services we are taking control of a vital part of our operations."

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"The quality of the service we offer our guests here has utmost significance for our general operational quality and service excellence."

The airline has invested €20m in the latest technology to run the ground operations, as well as constructed a new equipment parking space.

Nane added: "As part of the project, we have created 1,000 new jobs. With the addition of our new personnel Pegasus now has 5,378 employees as of the end of the first quarter of 2016.

"Since January, our new personnel have been receiving their Civil Aviation Authority-approved training in order to start work, combining training on our simulators, in the classroom and in-the field."

By the end of 2015, Sabiha Gokcen Airport had served 28,285,578 passengers travelling to and from the airport.


Image: Pegasus will include ramp and aircraft parking services as part of its ground operations at Sabiha Gokcen. Photo: courtesy of Pegasus.