27 April 2011, at 2030, the first international charter plane landed in Gazipasa International Airport. The plane, which was a Boing 737-700, sucsessfully landed with 59 passangers. One hour later the plane took off for Amsterdam with 149 passangers.
Gazipasa Airport is Set for International Launch in 2011
"This year it looks like is gonna be the real full force launch and that is with a blast."
Those are the words of Murat Sen, a senior member of TAV staff at the Gazipasa airport near Alanya.
At present, people wishing to visit Alanya must fly in via Antalya, which is 90 minutes away. While this has never been a major hindrance to tourism, in fact Alanya is one of the top holiday spots in Turkey, obviously the shorter the distance from the airport the better.
Gazipasa airport is just a few minutes from Alanya. The airport was built about a decade ago, but political and legal wrangling prevented it from opening. Somehow airport operator TAV managed to cut through the red tape and opened the airport for domestic flights last year. Last year they told us that international flights would follow after work to expand the runways was completed, which was expected to be this year. We dropped Murat a line to find out how things were progressing.
"Well the runway extension work is almost finished. It will be extended up to 2 kilometers once finished," he said.
Murat also told us that, tickets are now on sale in the Netherlands for direct flights between Alanya and Amsterdam. He was very excited about some of the traffic the airport is already receiving:
"Yesterday we had an incredible traffic, 3 aircraft and 4 helicopters all at the same time," he said. "Also the airport had its very first VIP traffic yesterday when the PM landed and took off to/from here to an opening ceremony in Anamur."
"Yesterday’s heavy traffic was reviving and prooved to me that my personnel is ready for anything to come their way," he added.
So, it looks like the Gazipasa airport will indeed be going international this year. Unfortunatelt Murat said that there has been nothing definite from UK carriers as yet, but as Alanya has the largest population of British expats in Turkey, we are sure that British carriers will launch routes into the airport, as soon as the airports status as an internaitonal airport is secured.
Since May 2011 the new airport Gazipasa-Alanya is open for international flights.
The airport is located approx. 40 km from Alanya city center in the western part of Gazipasa.
The airport operator TAV also operates the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Ankara Esenboga, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Bodrum Milas, Tunisia Monastir, Macedonia Ohrid and Saudi Arabia Medina airports.
726.000 passengers have used the Gazipasa Airport in 2014.
Here you will find a list of the destinations and airlines of the Alanya Gazipasa airport: FLIGHT DESTINATIONS & AIRLINES
The airport offers different transfer possibilities:
Airport Service "Havas": Several times a day there are transfers from Alanya to the airport. Here you will find a list of departure times. Transfers from the airport to Alanya are only for domestic flight passengers. The transfer takes about 60 minutes and costs 17 TL.
"Classical Tours" Shuttle Transfer: This travel agency is offering bus transfers from Alanya to the airport and from the Airport to Alanya. The transfer departure times depend on your flight times and also the pick-up point. For more information, please visit the homepage of "Classical Tours".
Private Transfer: A private transfer to Alanya costs 40 EUR and is valid for max. 4 persons. For reservation, please contact us via our contact form.
You see, it is easy to reach the Alanya Gazipasa airport.
The opening of this airport is a very big advantage for Alanya. The transfer time from Antalya airport is at least 2 hours and is decreased now to only 20 minutes. This is a reason why many real estate buyers prefer to buy properties in Alanya.