Brits to benefit from better air access to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast in 2015

New summer flights to south-west Turkey will make beach resorts there more accessible to British people, helping to raise awareness of the region and fuel interest in Turkish property in 2015, said Spot Blue International Property in February.

In a sign of confidence for the region, British Airways is launching services to Bodrum and Dalaman from Gatwick on 27th April 2015. The Bodrum route will run until 22nd October 2015, flying on Mondays and Thursdays, while the Dalaman route will be available until 24th October 2015, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. BA also flies direct to Istanbul Ataturk, and Izmir Metropolitan.

“That BA has decided to fly to Dalaman and Bodrum, which act as gateways to a number of resorts, is a shot in the arm for this increasingly popular corner of the Mediterranean,” said Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property. “Easyjet, Monarch, ThomasCook and Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus are among airlines that already fly to these airports, but adding BA is the icing on the cake and shows the positive effect that Bodrum’s smart new terminal, which opened in 2012, is having. And for holiday homeowners that offer rentals, it means guests travelling to their property have a greater choice of flights, increasing the overall rentability of their home.”

BA’s new flights to Bodrum Airport will make it easier for travellers from the UK to reach the chic harbour town of Bodrum, which is just a 40-minute transfer, as well as other desirable resorts on the Bodrum Peninsula, including Yalikavak (50 minutes), Gumusluk (60 minutes) and Turgutreis (60 minutes). Bodrum Airport currently handles approximately 3.5 million passengers a year.

As an example of property available in Bodrum, Spot Blue International Property is selling a two-bedroom villa on a small complex in Yalikavak, close to the resort’s smart marina. With a private swimming pool and stunning sea views, it has a purchase price of £159,950.

Meanwhile, the new BA flights to Dalaman should help fuel UK interest in the resorts of Fethiye and Kalkan, the former being a 60-minute transfer and the latter around 90 minutes. Dalaman Airport’s international terminal opened in summer 2006, when it became the third largest airport terminal in Turkey, and there are now plans to re-build and upgrade its domestic terminal, increasing the airport’s status even more. Significant road infrastructure improvements mean transfer journeys to and from Dalaman Airport have improved drastically in recent years. Dalaman Airport currently handles approximately 4.2 million passengers a year.

Properties for sale in Kalkan through Spot Blue International Property include a new four-bedroom, three-bathroom luxury villa with panoramic views across Kalkan Bay. With its own infinity swimming pool, Jacuzzi and landscaped garden, it’s available for £375,000.