Antalya Airport Achieves New Passenger Record

Airport served over 207,000 passengers on Saturday, breaking previous records

Antalya Airport in southern Turkey set a new single-day passenger record on Saturday, July 15th, serving 207,840 travelers arriving on domestic and international flights. This surpasses the airport's previous busiest day on record.

Record set during peak summer travel season

  • The achievement was announced by Antalya Governor Arsene Yazigi on social media on Sunday. Yazigi stated that 207,840 total passengers passed through the airport on Saturday, including 97,900 international arrivals.
  • "This is the highest number of passengers recorded at Antalya Airport to date," Yazigi said. He emphasized that work would continue to reach even higher passenger figures for Antalya, known as the "Turkish tourism capital."
  • The passenger record came during the peak of the summer travel season. On Saturday, the airport handled 1,164 total flights.

Antalya emerging as major vacation destination

Antalya has become a major tourist destination, attracting visitors with its scenic Mediterranean beaches and luxury resorts. The area has 2,575 hotels, of which 920 are approved by Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Total hotel room capacity in the region reaches 635,000 beds.

Record reflects growing popularity of Antalya

The new single-day record reflects Antalya's growing popularity as a vacation spot and the steady recovery of leisure travel after pandemic-related slowdowns. Airport officials and local leaders will likely continue efforts to expand capacity, hoping to welcome even more visitors in future peak seasons.

Airport plans further expansion

To accommodate rising passenger numbers, Antalya Airport is currently undergoing major expansion projects. A new international terminal is slated to open in 2023, which will increase the airport's annual passenger capacity from 30 million to 80 million. Additional taxiways, aircraft parking stands, and rapid exit taxiways are also being added to improve efficiency. Officials are confident these upgrades will allow the airport to continue setting new records in the years to come.

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