Turkish international airports including Dalaman Airport charge extortionate prices for food and drink. But a bit of forward planning can save you money as we explain.
Turkish international airports including our own Dalaman Airport are renowned for their high food and drink prices.
A quick search on the internet brings up masses of comment and complaints about the modern, boxy but award winning airport terminal.
The article Dalaman Airport Light Meal Leaves Couple £60 Poorer here is a reminder that nothing has changed except maybe that the establishments are struggling and now have to resort to underhand methods of extracting cash from the unwary.
But cash strapped holiday makers can avoid being a victim and save some holiday cash with a little bit of forward planning.
OK, so it’s the end of your holiday and the trip back to the airport can be tiring and leave you thirsty and hungry.
With your last remaining money you head for the food stalls and bar in the airport departure lounge for some refreshment. But, you’ll be shocked – the prices are astronomical and nothing like those you will have been paying in your resort or even in UK airports.
For example, an omlette will set you back more than £4, meat balls £7, a large beer £7.
But plan ahead and you can save yourself some serious cash.
Pack A Lunch
On the last day of your holiday pop down to your local resort shop/supermarket and buy plenty of snacks, nibbles and other sustaining food.
Make up a picnic and even invest in a small cool bag to keep everything nice and cold. Not only will you be helping the local Turkish shop keepers but you’ll also save yourself a large amount of cash!
Then when you get to the airport and after you have checked in find somewhere to sit and tuck into your food and drink.
If delayed you could even leave the main terminal building and head downstairs to the shade of the garden. Of course you will still need to go through security to get back in but that’s probably better than being in the stuffy airport building.
Be aware though that liquid restrictions do apply at the security check in before you enter the departure lounge at Dalaman Airport so drinks will need to be consumed before then.
We understand from recent feedback that the bars and cafes are now discouraging DIY diners from sitting at their tables and chairs.
So once through to the departure lounge head for the departure gates early where there is plenty of seating.