Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Pegasus Airlines may add European flights as security concerns ease
Turkish budget airline Pegasus is looking to boost its flights between Europe and Turkey following a recovery in demand this year as the security situation improved, its chief commercial officer said.
After a torrid 2016 which saw Pegasus make a loss after a series of attacks in the country, tourists are returning to Turkey. Pegasus’s passenger numbers increased 14.1 percent between January and July from a year earlier and the carrier returned to profit in the second quarter.
“For European destinations, with our fleet increasing and due to the market demand, we will be looking at increasing flight frequencies to Italy, to Spain, to Germany, to the UK,” Pegasus CCO Güliz Öztürk told Reuters at an industry conference in London on Sept. 7.
Pegasus expects delivery of more Airbus a320 neo aircraft between December 2017 and May 2018 as part of a bigger 2012 order.
Provided the security situation in Turkey remains stable, Özturk said business this year could return to levels seen in 2015.
“There is a significant improvement compared to last year’s figures in European tourist traffic to Turkey,” Öztürk said.
“The business we’re doing is a bit different,” she said, adding that Pegasus only had a limited number of direct flights to resorts.
“But if people would like to travel, they find a way to travel, and if those direct flights are not there, they will fly with connecting flights and Pegasus will be there to serve.”
Traffic accident caught on camera
Footage of an accident that took place on the main Fethiye to Muğla road early on Tuesday morning, was caught on the security camera of a nearby workplace.
The accident happened when a truck carrying scrap paper, collided with the pedestrian overpass near the primary school in Yanıklar.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Devlet State Hospital for treatment. Luckily there weren’t any pedestrians on the bridge at the time of the accident.
Residents heard what sounded like an explosion and rushed out to find the truck hanging from the overpass.
Regional traffic teams and Jandarma are carrying out an investigation into the accident.
Source: Batı Akdeniz Medya
US retail giant Amazon eyes Turkish market as it opens office in Istanbul
Amazon may have already started to serve its Turkish customers via its German website, but it seems the company has more to offer for the country.
Para Magazine reported that the company run by Jeff Bezos set up an office in Istanbul and that the staff has already started working and making negotiations with the authorities about the framework of their plans.
The office of the giant’s Turkey affiliate, the “Amazon Turkey Management and Support Services, Ltd,” is in Beşiktaş, the very center of 15-million strong Istanbul. The controlling shareholder of the company is the Luxembourg-based Amazon Europe Core S.à r.l, which means the office will be dependent on its European affiliate.
The company’s plans include acquisitions in Turkey and setting up a Turkey team with new employees.
Source: Daily Sabah
Russian pilot seriously injured in paragliding accident
A Russian pilot was seriously injured in a paragliding accident on Saturday.
Ilia Ivanov, who came to Ölüdeniz to paraglide from the world famous Babadağ mountain, climbed to the 1000 metre take-off point.
Following preparations, Ivanov, a solo paraglider, took off safely, however within minutes he had a problem with his parachute due to the wind. As a result, he fell 70 metres to the ground.
Pilots and officers on the track ran to the aid of Ivanov and 112 emergency services were called.
Ivanov was taken to the Devlet State Hospital where he is being treated for numerous fractures to his lower body and a series head injury.
Babadağ Air Sports Recreation Centre Manager, Salih Büyükkoca, in an interview in September, talked about how safe paragliding is, stating there had only been one accident so far this season with another Russian solo paraglider.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor played a Ziraat Cup match at home against Nazillispor on Wednesday. They won the match 2-0 and go forward to the draw for the next round. The next round also sees teams from the Superleague join the competition.
Fethiyespor lost 1-2 against Zonguldak Kömüspor in an away match on Saturday afternoon.
This puts them in 12th position on the league table.
The next league match is on Wednesday 27th September at home to Kahramanmaraşspor A.Ş, kick-off is 19:00.
The game after this is an away match against Şanlıurfaspor. The time of kick-off has not been announced yet.
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Here are Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 4.72TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.67TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.49TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.43TL.
The Euro bought 4.18TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.10TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead. The temperatures are starting to cool down bringing beautiful, clear sunny days…