ⓘ Antalya Airport

                                     

ⓘ Antalya Airport

Antalya Airport is an international airport located 13 km northeast of the city center of Antalya, Turkey. It is a major destination during the European summer leisure season due to its location at the countrys Mediterranean coast. It handled 18.741.659 passengers in 2016, making it the third-busiest airport in Turkey and the thirtieth-busiest in Europe. The airport has two international terminals and one domestic terminal. Antalya is one of the major airports on the Southwest of Turkey, the others being Bodrum and Dalaman.

                                     

1. History

The airport was built to accommodate the millions of passengers who come to Turkeys Mediterranean beaches in summer. It consists of two international terminals and one domestic terminal. The construction of International Terminal 1 started in 1996 by Bayindir Holding and it was ready for service on 1 April 1998. International Terminal 2 was opened in 2005 and the domestic terminal was opened in 2010. The airport is operated by Fraport TAV Antalya A.S., a joint-venture between Fraport AG and TAV Airports.

In July 2011, the airport was selected as Best Airport in Europe 10–25-million-passenger category by Airports Council International ACI.

In 2003, the airport handled 10 million passengers, representing an increase of 78% since 1998. According to ACI statistics, Antalya Airport ranked 30th in 2005, 2008 and 2009 for international passenger traffic. In 2008, AYT was the worlds 30th-busiest airport in international passengers traffic. In 2009, AYT also held its 30th spot in that category among world airports, with 15.210.733 international passengers. By the end of 2010, it rose to the 23rd spot with over 18 million international passengers.

                                     

2. Ground transport

The public bus shuttle number 600 runs every 30 minutes between Antalya Airport and Antalya bus terminal otogar.The Antalya Tramway has been extended to the airport to provide a railway link to the city. Terminal 2 is not served by the Tramway, but bus line 600 does stop there.