Reaching Turkey from the UK and other foreign destinations continues to get easier with new air routes being launched regularly, in particular by the country’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, but the country is also making efforts to ensure road travel improves there too.
Turkish Airlines is Europe’s fastest growing airline and increasingly it is also becoming recognised as a leading airline for quality – in 2011 and 2012, it was voted “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. One of the airline’s most recent new routes is its four-hour flight from Edinburgh to Istanbul, which kicked off on 31st March flying five times a week. On 20th May, however, the frequency of the service will increase to seven flights per week, which is expected to further business and leisure opportunities between the two cities. In addition to its Edinburgh service, Turkish Airlines operates 31 flights per week from London Heathrow with double daily flights from Gatwick and Manchester, and 10 flights each week from Birmingham.
Back on the ground in Turkey, the Turkish General Directorate of Motorways (KGM) has plans to build over 2,000 kilometres of new roads in 2013, as well as asphalt or repair nearly 20,000 kilometres of existing roads, making travel to and from airports and resorts easier. Of the new roads, 998 kilometres will be single-lane and around 1,070 kilometres dual carriageway.
KGM, which manages 63,250 kilometres of state roads and 2,250 kilometres of motorways in the country, expects to have constructed 9,700 kilometres of dual carriageway and 5,550 kilometres of motorways by 2023. One example of a resort that is receiving on-going upgrades to its road network is Didim, and its beach area of Altinkum, where the transfer time to the nearest airport at Bodrum is also expected to be reduced.