The highest bidder for a new 26 year contract to operate the southern Turkish Dalaman Airport was announced last week.

YDA Insaat submitted the highest bid at 705 million Euros for the 26 year contract according to the Turkish State Airports Authority (DHMİ.

Other bidders included Turkish airports operator TAV Havalimanlari Holding, Limak-GMR and Germany’s Fraport and Turkish firm IC Ictas.

The winner of the tender will start operating the domestic terminal, the international terminal and other aspects of the airport from next year.

YDA Insaat is the parent company for ATM the current operators of the airport according to their website.

The company will need to make around 7 Euros per passenger per year to cover the contract costs based on current passenger volumes.

The 150 million USD new international terminal was opened in 2009 following a build, operate and transfer financial model.

It serves the popular Turkish holiday resorts of Datça, Marmaris, Göcek, Dalyan, Sarıgerme, Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Kalkan and Kaş.

The new terminal dramatically increased the capacity of the airport to 10 million passengers and can handle up to 35 planes parked at any one time.

There are 22 escalators and 21 lifts in the 4 levels terminal building of 95,000 m2 indoors area.

The Dalaman Airport tender was organised by the Turkish State Airports Authority (DHMİ) and is part of a programme to transfer the operational rights of Dalaman, Bodrum-Milas, Samsun and Nevşehir-Cappadocia airports.