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Alanya Gazipasa Welcomes first International Flight

The well known if not semi-famous Gazipasa airport welcomed its long awaited first international commercial flight at the end of last month. A Transavia Boeing 737 landed from Holland at around 21:00 on the 27th of April, following 2 triumphant pass-overs. The event was a joyous celebration, with the fire...

Posted on 04 May 2011

Turkish Airlines aims to be one of the top 10 airlines in the world

3rd May 2011 Turkish Airlines aims to be one of the world’s top ten airlines by 2023, the year which will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey. Speaking recently, Mr Hamdi Topcu, the Chairman of Turkish Airlines, said "We want Turkish Airlines to...

Posted on 03 May 2011

Will Turkey Ever Join the EU?

With all that’s going on in Libya, Syria and the Middle East in general, we can almost forgive the press for the lack of coverage of the two EU enlargement meetings with Turkey and Croatia last week. Well, to be honest there is also the potential that they didn’t give...

Posted on 29 April 2011

Seven new airports in Turkey by 2013

Date 28/04/11 DHMI in Turkey (The General Directorate of State Airports Authority) has announced it is finalising the construction of 7 new airports by the beginning of 2013. Orhan Birdal, DHMI General Manager, said DHMI intends to open 4 of the new airports by the end of 2011 with the...

Posted on 28 April 2011

Turkey on track to exceed pre-crisis export levels

Date 28/04/11 At the First Trade Counsellors Conference in Ankara, Mr Zafer Caglayan, Turkey’s Foreign Trade Minister, announced Turkey’s exports are on target to reach 132 Billion USD before the end of 2011 noting Turkey’s exports were already 41 Billion USD in the period from 1st January to 22 April....

Posted on 28 April 2011

“Canal Istanbul” to Replace Bosporus as Istanbul Shipping Lane by 2023

Istanbul is making headlines again. Twice in one week. Just a few days after the world discussed plans to split Istanbul in two for easier governance, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a grander if less controversial plan to create a new canal to bypass the Bosporus – although...

Posted on 28 April 2011

Bodrum to Come Alive with Color, Host Festival this September

Bodrum will be one of the most exciting places in the world this September when it hosts the Mediterranean Colours festival – one of the largest festivals the Mediterranean has ever seen. The festival will feature over 2000 dancers from 30 countries, and will see Bodrum become alive with Carnival fever...

Posted on 24 April 2011

Turkey Gearing up to Produce Domestic Car Brand

The Prime Minister of Turkey recently announced his ambitions to build a 100% domestic car brand, but when examined more carefully this idea is quite challenging, as all the parts need to be produced domestically. Turkey last tried to produce its own automobile brand in 1961, but only made four...

Posted on 22 April 2011

Germany’s Bosch Group to increase investment in Turkey

Bosch, Germany’s domestic appliance and automotive company, has announced plans to invest 400 million Euros in Turkey according the Bosch Board Member Mr Rudolf Colm. “Turkey offers tremendous opportunities in solar energy that Bosch cannot afford to ignore” said Colm adding “We plan to invest an additional 400 million Euros...

Posted on 21 April 2011

Turkey Property: Foreign Sales up 40% in 2010

Last year we reveled in the report that 32,000 Brits owned some 6 million square meters of Turkish property, as the dominant grouping of foreigners who then owned 65 million square meters of land. Well, if that was good then the report released last week by GYODER can only be...

Posted on 21 April 2011