|Antalya Gazipaşa Airport
Antalya Gazipaşa Havalimanı
|IATA: GZP – ICAO: LTFG|
|Operator||TAV Airports Holding|
|Serves||Gazipaşa, Antalya Province, Turkey|
|Elevation AMSL||92 ft / 28 m|
|08/26||2,000||6,562||Concrete / Asphalt|
Antalya Gazipaşa Airport (IATA: GZP, ICAO: LTFG) is an airport currently in service in the Gazipaşa area of the Antalya Province in Turkey. The Airport opened for domestic flights in July 2010 with daily flights from Istanbul with Bora Jet. International flights began in the 2011 holiday season, with flights from Amsterdam. The new airport is only 30 minutes by road from Alanya compared to a travel time of two hours between Alanya and Antalya Airport, which was previously the nearest airport, 120 km away.
The airport was actually finished in 1999, but it was not opened for operation. Talks were held in 2006, with reports commissioned by the national government, local government, and tourist organizations to actually commence operation of the airport. Finally, the decision was made clear in 2007 after multiple bids had been submitted to award operation to Tepe Akfen Ventures Airports Holding (TAV), which paid $50,000 a year, and a 65% share in profit for the right to operate the airport for 25 years. TAV then updated and expanded the airport, including lengthening the runway to 2,000m in order to handle international operations, among other things.
The airport has an annual passenger capacity of 500,000 passengers, a terminal area of 2,144 square meters and a parking lot with a capacity of 105 vehicles.
At the moment, the number of destinations is limited. However, Gulcin Guner, president of Alanya’s tourism association (ALTID), stated to the press that TAV is already in talks with numerous charter carriers as well as their partnering tour operators from Europe and Russia&CIS regions.
Dutch low-cost airline Transavia.com (chartered by touroperator Neckermann) was the first international airline to operate flights to and from Gazipasa airfield. It uses a small Boeing 737-700 (149 passengers), or sometimes brings a bigger Boeing 737-800 aircraft (189 passengers) to the airport, with flights leaving every Wednesday from 27 April 2011 till the end of October 2011, and from 2 July 2011 also on Saturdays. Touroperator Neckermann (under the name Thomas Cook) promotes Gazipasa in the Netherlands with a special Alanya brochure, with the slogan: "Directly to Alanya Airport".
In 2012, Transavia.com, Corendon Airlines, Tailwind Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines and Pegasus Airlines operated GZP flights from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Billund, Oslo and Istanbul. The airport welcomed 85,000 passengers and it is expected to exceed 300,000 passengers in next year. Additional destinations such as Stockholm and Gothenburg are expected to be operated from GZP in 2013.
The Alanya tourist industry asked for the name of the airport to include ‘Alanya’, since Gazipaşa is not well known outside of Turkey. However, these demands have not been answered by TAV or the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Airlines and destinations
|Corendon Airlines||Amsterdam, Copenhagen|
|Jet Time||Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki (begins 31 May 2014), Oslo-Gardermoen|
|Pegasus Airlines||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen|
|Scandinavian Airlines||Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda|
|SunExpress Deutschland||Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle|
|Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia||Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda|
- TAV opens Turkey's Alanya Gazipasa Airport, Air Transport World, August 2010.
- SunExpress Deutschland start operations to Gazipasa Airport.