Posted on 25 May 2011
Istanbul is currently one of the highest profile cities in the world, what, with its economy and property market booming, construction booming, employment growing faster than any other city in the world (Brookings Institute 2010) and one of the fastest growing populations in the world as well. As a result of all this prestige, there is no shortage of statistics coming out of Istanbul, and plenty of data on traffic through its airports.
On the other hand, while statistics from the tourism ministry and a whole range of other sources tell us that airport traffic is growing at airports throughout the country, and we have confirmation of this in the form of new flights to these airports, it is nice to finally have some real data.
Thanks to air traffic data collation service Anna.Aero we now have that data on the airport at Bodrum. According to Anna Aero Bodrum International Airport welcomed 11 million passengers in 2010, an increase of 11% over 2009. This made it the seventh busiest airport in Turkey behind Istanbul Atatürk, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Antalya, Ankara, Izmir and Dalaman.
According to the data 62% of the traffic was international, with 1.9 million passengers a growth of 6% on last year. Meanwhile domestic traffic grew 20%.
British passengers accounted for a staggering 45% of the international traffic, compared to just 5% from Germany. Germany is Turkey‘s largest tourism market, and this would seem to confirm recent reports that Britain is rapidly catching up with them, including tourism ministry data showing 2.5 million British visitors in 2010, almost as much as Germany with just over 3 million.
With strong traffic figures like this the recent spate of new flight routes and increased frequency of existing routes to and from Bodrum International will continue into 2011 and beyond.