Taking off with 157 passengers from Cologne, Germany, Corendon Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration TC-TJN landed at Zonguldak Airport the morning of 27th June at 10:25 am local time. This flight marks the first time a Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at Zonguldak Airport. Until today, no Boeing 737-800 aircraft had ever landed on the 1880-meter-long runway. This was an evacuation flight conducted by Erhan Bayram, a veteran chief pilot of Corendon Airlines, to bring Turkish expat citizens back home and it was also the first charter flight of Corendon airlines to Zonguldak Airport. The passengers had been staying in Germany due to flight restrictions as a result of the Pandemic. In the wake of the evacuation flight, the airline conducted the return ferry flight from Zonguldak Airport at 11:30 am local time.
Zonguldak Airport is essential for regional tourism and is quickly becoming a favorite airport in the region, especially in the summer and high season due to the presence of Turkish expatriate citizens living in Germany that are from and around Zonguldak. The airport is expected to contribute to regional tourism in the coming period and gain commercial and industrial value. The commercial seaport, which is still under construction in the Filyos region, will also create a critical junction that combines the sea and airline commercially.
The runway expansion work of the airport, which currently does not have a taxiway, are still ongoing. Everything is done manually at this airport, where there is not even a pushback vehicle. Another feature of the airport is that ZONHAV Civil Aviation, a local company, assumes full responsibility for aircraft refueling, firefighting, and ground handling services. Following the first line flight, an airplane from Münster, Germany, conducted a charter flight to Corendon Airport on 28th June.