Popular resorts all along the Turkish Sunshine Coast including Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum could see a boost in visitor numbers this year as British Airways plans to operate new flights to the area.
British Airways will begin flying to Bodrum and Dalaman from London Gatwick at the end of April 2015.
The Bodrum route will fly twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays and will continue through the season until 22nd October 2015
The flights to Dalaman Airport will fly four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until the 24th October 2015.
These flights to Turkey will complement those the company already runs to the metropolitan Turkish cities including Istanbul Ataturk, and Izmir.
Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial Gatwick said: “This is the biggest launch of new routes at Gatwick we’ve had for several years and is brilliant news for families and holiday-makers wanting to get away from it all for that all-important break to relax in the sun.
“We have grown our fleet at Gatwick, which means an even bigger choice of destinations and more value for money for summer holiday flights for British Airways customers.”
Customers have also been encouraged to fly with British Airways after the airline introduced new lower short-haul friendly hand-baggage only fares.
Now adding to the fantastic range of hand baggage only fares are those to the new Mediterranean destinations being launched next year, with one way fares to Cagliari in Sardinia starting from just £49, including all taxes and charges; £69 to Heraklion in Crete, £69 to Rhodes, £69 to Bodrum and £69 to Dalaman.
British Airways flights include free online check-in and seat selection 24 hours prior to departure, and in-flight refreshments.
Iain McCulloch editor of FethiyeTimes.com said:
“It’s good to see British Airways returning to our Sunshine Coast and the extra flights will provide more flexibility for second home owners, yachties and villa renters who just want a flight and don’t need a package holiday.”
The extra competition may also see better value as operators battle for business to fill up their planes especially now fuel prices have reduced so much.”
“And with one suitcase and free onboard food and drink on offer even in economy class it could prove a great alternative to other airlines.”