- The airport welcomes its first group of tourists, arriving from the UK.
- Dalaman is positioned as a top holiday destination across Europe.
YDA Dalaman Airport has kicked off the new summer season, welcoming its first group of tourists arriving from Manchester. The airport, located on the Turkish Riviera, is one of the most attractive tourist areas in the country and the Mediterranean, with numerous cultural, sports, and leisure facilities.
The 188 passengers coming from Manchester on a flight operated by Jet2.com were greeted with red roses by airport officials upon disembarking from the plane. The British tourists were offered various refreshments before proceeding to their respective hotels after completing the necessary procedures.
Yiğit Laçin, CEO of YDA Dalaman Airport, stated that this was the first charter flight of the season to Muğla from the United Kingdom. Laçin emphasized the importance of Dalaman as a destination for the UK market and expressed the goal of contributing to the speedy recovery of the country from the devastating earthquake by providing the best service to visitors in cooperation with all stakeholders and business partners in the tourism sector.
Dalaman handled five million passengers in 2019, most of them international. That represents an increase of 78% over 2006 and ranks as Türkiye’s fourth-largest airport in terms of international passenger numbers. This year, the goal is to surpass 2019 traffic figures and strengthen its position as a preferred holiday destination across Europe.
The airport has two terminals, one domestic and one international, with a capacity for over 20 million passengers per year, an apron for over 50 aircraft, parking space for cars and tour operator buses, and ancillary facilities such as a water treatment plant. It also plans to build a renewable power plant, making it one of the most sustainable and environmentally.