Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local news.
Air Traffic Up
Figures released last week by the Turkish State Airport Authority were reported to have said that air traffic increased by 9 percent in the first 10 months of 2014 compared with the same period the year before.
The company that are going to build and operate the new Dalaman Domestic Airport Terminal were in the headlines last week.
The press reported that YDA Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ had been given the highest “AA” rating by credit agency TURKrating.
This, it was reported, is one of the highest for a Turkish construction company.
The company has completed some significant construction projects within Turkey already including other airport terminals, public hospitals, road projects and projects on the new Ankara – Istanbul high speed train line.
A professor from Istanbul featured in the local press last week when he said he thinks a big quake is building up underneath Mugla.
Pressure has been building up all along the fault lines that pass through and around Mugla and nearby Greek Islands over the last 5 years and if that pressure is released quickly rather than slowly the earthquake could be big.
He said 229 earthquakes were recorded in the Mugla area of Turkey during November ranging from 1 to 4.2 in magnitude.
But he warned that such tensions could result in an earthquake of 6 and above and that would have a significant impact buildings especially some hotels in the area.
He said that investigations show that some hotels in the Mugla area are not strong enough to withstand a large earthquake and need to be rebuilt to modern standards.
To balance the claims the local press asked for the comment of the chairman of the hoteliers association.
He said that all hotels in the area are subject to audit and that laws require them to comply with specific standards earthquake building standards.
Peanuts Pay Dividends
Peanuts could replace tobacco following a successful harvest this year.
A trial to see how the new cash crop would grow in the region was a success according to local reports.
One local farmer who used to grow tobacco harvested over a ton of the nuts from one 2.5 hectare plot.
With the right temperatures, rainfall and soil it seems Fethiye and other areas of Mugla could soon see more nuts being grown.
The British Pound bought 3.47 Turkish Lira. The week before it bought 3.48.
This weeks picture is of a small fishing boat lifting its nets with the new hotel developments of Koca Calis in the distance.