80 PLANES OF TOURISTS LAND AT ANTALYA AIRPORT EX RUSSIA PER DAY

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Revised November, 2022 – Resource, Turkey iResidence
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80 PLANES LAND AT ANTALYA AIRPORT FROM RUSSIA PER DAY

Despite the Russian-Ukrainian war, the number of tourists from Russia made the faces of tourism in Antalya smile. General Manager of Fraport TAV Antalya Airport, who stated that 80 planes land at Antalya Airport from Russia per day, said, “Despite the crisis in Russia and Ukraine, there are very good numbers that no one can predict. To date, 1.3 million Russian tourists have arrived only through our airport. Despite the crisis, I predict that we will reach the 50 percent figure of 2019 at the end of the year, ” he said.

The number of tourists coming to Antalya, the capital of tourism, continues to increase during the tourist season, which began with the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Antalya became the point of attraction for Russian citizens due to the fact that many air spaces in Europe are closed to Russian aircraft. It was stated that an average of 75-80 planes land at Antalya Airport from Russia per day. The tourist city of Antalya has hosted over 7.5 million tourists so far. The point of arrival of the most tourists to the city, as always, was Antalya Airport. Tourists who want to return to their countries by coming to Antalya on vacation have created a serious density at the international departure terminal.

Sharing the latest data of the airport, Fraport TAV Antalya Airport General Manager said, “When we look at it, we see that only 7 million tourists enter the country through Antalya Airport today. This corresponds to approximately 85 percent of 2019, which is known as the record year. We see this as a huge success. Because, as you know, the year 2022, which we started with a lot of hope, has remained a little pessimistic in the sector with the crisis in Russia and Ukraine. April May, there were some concerns about the season,” he said.

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75-80 PLANES ARRIVE FROM RUSSIA DAILY

General Manager stated that 75-80 planes land in Antalya from Russia every day and said, “Turkish Airlines carries out 40 percent of this operation. We are excited, despite the crisis, when we take into account the first 10 days of August, 7 million tourists have come to this region, I see this as a great success as a region in a period when we have reached 80 percent of 2019. The authorities working in the field of tourism have made great contributions here. We see Antalya not only as the tourism capital of Turkey, but also as the tourism capital of a very wide geography. Especially in the Mediterranean Region, the name of Antalya is mentioned. We think we will finish next year well again. Despite the crisis in Russia and Ukraine, we are getting very good numbers that no one can predict,” he said.

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THE EUROPEAN TOURIST IS BACK

Stating that there is also a serious interest from Germany, said, “Due to the pandemic, we have had very serious passenger losses from central Europe. We see them coming back, too. There are also serious arrivals from other countries. The UK Sunday is also effective for us. There are also tourists from Kazakhstan and the Turkish commonwealth. It will play a good role, especially in the recovery after the pandemic. In the next 1-2 years, there will also be direct flights to the Middle East and North African countries. Our goal is big. To bring in additional tourists, there must be additional marketing. We have intense meetings. It is known that Antalya usually has a holiday in summer, whereas a comfortable holiday can also be taken in winter. We are trying to explain this,” he said.

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THE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT THAT BROKE RECORD IN 2019 WAS APPROACHED

Giving information about the number of aircraft hosted by Antalya Airport, General Manager said, “We have set our latest record year as 2019. We signed a thousand 100 flights there in one day. We have not come close to these figures in the pandemic. We are now over a thousand 50. We have a good season. Not yet, but we will reach the 2019 figures very soon. Russians don’t have many destinations to fly to. The Russians know this place very well. To date, 1.3 million Russian tourists have arrived only through our airport. Despite the crisis, I predict that we will reach the 50 percent figure of 2019 at the end of the year. There is an intense effort involved in this. I think the holiday and Antalya health tourism season in Turkey will be extremely successful,” he said.

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