Milas-Bodrum airport in the western province of Muğla welcomed a group of British tourists for the first time in two years.
Flights from the UK to the airport, located in the province’s Milas district and serving the popular holiday hotspot of Bodrum, were previously suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A plane with 180 British holidaymakers on board from Bristol landed at the airport on March 27.
“This flight also marked the first international flight of the season at our airport,” said İclal Kayaoğlu, General Manager of TAV Milas-Bodrum.
She also said passenger traffic is expected to increase this year compared to 2021.
According to a recent British Post survey, the Turkish resort of Marmaris, located on the country’s Aegean coast, is among the top destinations for British holidaymakers.
The depreciation of the Turkish lira helped Marmaris overtake Sunny Beach in Bulgaria to take the top spot for the first time, according to the Post Office’s annual Global Holiday Cost Barometer.
Prices are down in Marmaris, by nearly 37% year-on-year, meaning Turkey has become slightly cheaper for UK visitors.
Turkish hoteliers fear that the ongoing war in Ukraine will negatively affect tourist flows from Russia and Ukraine this year.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, some 393,000 British nationals traveled to Turkey last year, up from 820,000 the previous year. A year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, Turkey hosted nearly 2.6 million British holidaymakers.
In the first two months of 2022, almost 94,000 British tourists visited Turkey, marking a staggering 1,100% increase from a year ago and more than 85,000 Britons arrived in the country over the past the same period of 2020.