Hamdi YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m, the undersecretary of the Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry, said they conducted onsite examinations in Antalya to determine a location for the construction of a new airport west of Antalya. The studies began due to the request of tourism professionals and businessmen.
Serdar HÃ¼seyin YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m, general manager of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMÄ°), said a location was determined for a third airport, taking technical issues, historical areas, the environment, forests and agricultural fields into consideration.
YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said despite initial hesitation about whether a new airport in the west of the city would negatively affect Antalyaâs main airport, they now think it will be very important for the development of regional tourism and the economy. The new airport will be constructed between the provinces of KaÅ and Demre, which are 200 kilometers and 190 kilometers from downtown Antalya and Dalaman Airport, respectively. This aligns with the governmentâs goal of providing an airport every 100 kilometers, YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said.
According to YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m, the KaÅ-Demre region was chosen out of four alternatives. Feasibility studies are being conducted on a flat area that is some 400 meters to 600 meters above sea level. If feasibility studies indicate it to be suitable, the new airport will be constructed near the provinces of KaÅ, Demre and Finike. The General Directorate of Infrastructural INVESTMENTSÂ will undertake the construction and the DHMÄ° will operate it.
While no model is set for the construction of the new airport, it may be built using the lucrative build-operate-transfer model. YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said although many airports do not make a profit, they subsidize them with the intention of enabling people to travel by air. YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said the new airport will likely be an international one as well. âWe want it to be an airport where all kinds of planes can land,â YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said, adding it will be designed in such a way that capacity can be increased if needed. After necessary studies are completed and technical analysis of the designated location is concluded, a quick contract process will be held. YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m said the airport will create its own potential and will contribute to the provinceâs economy and tourism.