Turkish Airports See 24% Growth in Passenger Numbers this year

Posted on 05 August 2010

The phenomenal growth in Turkish air travel has continued according to the latest reports. According to the latest data that 44.3 million passengers went through Turkish airports between January and June this year, a 23.7%growth on the same period of last year. This follows the 7.3% year on year growth recorded last year (79.4million 2008 to 85.2million 2009).

The most impressive growth of all was in the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport, which saw visitor numbers increase by an incredible 93% to 4.86 million, putting the airport in third place in terms of national traffic.

This almost certainly proves that Turkey has received a massive boost from the euro’s strength against the pound throughout 2009, according to UK based Turkish property agent Spot Blue.

“Last year was a good year for Turkish tourism; the pound went down to being worth only 1.10 euros, and then to near parity as the year progressed. This sent British tourists and property buyers outside the Eurozone in their search for low cost holidays, and better value for money,” said director of the firm Julian Walker.

“It seems that we are still seeing the effects of this into this year, despite the pound strengthening against the Euro. Turkey is a great place, with great holiday destinations, and great properties and everything far cheaper than in the UK, so the people who may have been slightly pushed toward it last year, will be returning for years to come through choice,” he said.

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