Posted on 27 July 2011
The work has been completed on widening the runway at Gazipasa airport according to a spokesperson for the firm. The runway is now 2000 meters long and 45 meters wide (previously 30 meters wide).
As predicted by the firm on this blog last year the runway expansions — which make it possible for larger aircraft to land at the airport — have led to a rise in interest from carriers.
“The Dutch flights which started out at once per week have doubled to twice weekly, and some Swedish, Norwegian and German carriers are now applying to start operations for the remainder of this year and next year,” he said.
“However,” said the spokesperson. “I do not expect the said applications would be tangible for the tour operators, as their connections and logistical arrangements have long before settled and in place. So this year I find it doubtful that a huge surge would be there.”
Next year will be the big one according to the spokesperson, who talked of the possibility for a new terminal and a huge recruitment drive “because the demand of carriers and tour operators is unbelivable”.
For those just joining us, Gazipasa is a new but old airport just a few minutes outside Alanya, which is one of Turkey’s top tourist towns. Those holidaying in Alanya currently have to travel 90 minutes from Antalya airport. When Gazipasa is at full strength experts predict the potential for a new property boom in Alanya.