Low-cost carrier Pegasus is ramping up its UK flight schedule, following the downgrading of Turkey from red to amber on the UK traffic light travel system last week.

The airline has resumed twice-daily flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, departing London at 1440 and 0005, and from Istanbul at 1135 and 2100.

In addition a five-times-weekly service from Manchester to Istanbul has also resumed, leaving Manchester at 1250, and departing Sabiha Gokcen at 0945.

Pegasus said that both routes “offer excellent onward connections across Pegasus’ network of 36 destinations in Turkey, including to the popular coastal resorts oozing culture and relaxation, such as Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya – as well as its 83 other international destinations”.

From October 21 the carrier will offer five flights per week between Stansted and Izmir, departing London at 1255, and leaving Izmir at 1005, and flights between Stansted and Antalya will aslo resume for the winter season on October 20.

Pegasus’ current flexible booking policy means customers can amend flights booked up to December 31, 2021 without incurring a fee.

Commenting on the news Pegasus Airlines’ CCO Guliz Ozturk, said:

“In light of the new announcement putting Turkey back into the amber list, we’re seeing strong growth in our bookings to Turkey from England, and in response to this growing demand and desire for autumn travel, we’re delighted also to be expanding our flight programme from London Stansted and Manchester to Turkey, with excellent connections across our network of 119 destinations in 44 countries – meaning travellers will have a lot more choice with our flexible booking options this autumn and winter.

“We’re planning to further increase the number of our flights from England later in the autumn if demand continues to rise, and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming our guests back on board as travel begins to reopen again.”