It is expected a steep hike in international flights to Gazipasa airport will lead to a rise in visitors to Alanya this year. By the end of July, the number of flights going to the airport was equal to the total for the whole of 2012. Air traffic is expected to show a 100 to 110 per cent year-on-year increase by the end of 2013.
New flights have been introduced from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Vilnius. In November, German carrier SunExpress will launch further services to Gazipasa from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Leipzig. There are in fact direct flights to the airport from 12 destinations in eight countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.
Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue, said: "When you think the first scheduled internal flight only arrived there in December 2010 and the inaugural international flight touched down in spring 2011, this ramping up of options is encouraging for tourism and property-owners in Alanya, which is just 30 minutes from Gazipasa Airport. Direct flights might be limited to northern Europe at the moment, but you have to wonder how long it will be before a low-cost carrier launches a UK route there."
The increased use of Gazipasa Airport is good news for holiday let investors, who previously had to rely on Antalya Airport - a 90 minute drive from Alanya. Now, it will be much easier for tourists to explore the region, which benefits from a year-round balmy climate. This means it is even popular during the winter and could be especially attractive to customers from particularly cold climes.