Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.


Thomas Cook increase number of flights for 2018

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

Number of flights from Cardiff tripled

Thomas Cook has tripled the number of flights to Turkey from Cardiff Airport for summer 2018, following a pick-up in demand for holidays to the destination this summer.

A new service will be a weekly flight to Antalya, and there will be a second weekly flight to Dalaman from Cardiff.

The new Antalya and Dalaman flights will operate on Fridays, starting May 4, 2018, and May 25, 2018, respectively.

Spencer Birns, commercial director at Cardiff Airport, said: “It’s positive to see one of our valued airlines responding to requests from our customers to add more flights to Turkey.

“It has always been a popular destination offering excellent holiday choices, so it’s good to see the market beginning to grow once again.”

Weekly flights from Norwich

They have also said they will restart their services from Norwich Airport starting summer 2018, with the launch of the city’s only direct flight to Turkey.

Starting May 23, 2018, Thomas Cook will operate a weekly flight on Wednesdays from Norwich to Dalaman, giving holidaymakers in the Norfolk area more choice for summer break next year.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘We are delighted to once again be offering holidaymakers in the Norwich area the ease of flying from their local airport. Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or with friends, Turkey offers something for everyone and we look forward to making sure our customers have a holiday to remember next summer with the launch of our new weekly flight to Dalaman.’

Richard Pace, managing director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to have Thomas Cook back at Norwich with such a brilliant offer for package holidays and flights to Turkey. I’m sure this will be a popular destination for summer 2018 and gives local people even more choice for a sunshine getaway.’

Third most popular destination

A Thomas Cook spokesperson said:“Turkey has been the third most popular destination for Brits this summer.

“Dalaman is a cultural jewel in the heart of the Turquoise Coast that combines adrenaline-fuelled adventure with unique access to some of the country’s best historical treasures.

“A little further along the coast, and known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, the resorts around Antalya combine natural beauty, buzzing beaches and archaeological gems.”

For more information on flights and package holidays, go to www.thomascook.com

What the locals say

A number of expats living in the region were interviewed by the local press about how they feel about living in Turkey. One of those was Sam Tucker (One Man Many Paths) from Fethiye.

“I have lived in Fethiye for 13 years. I have travelled to many countries in the world and feel safer here in Turkey than anywhere. Do not be afraid to come to Turkey. I am very happy here and I feel very safe. I have never experienced such great hospitality in any of the countries I have visited”

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017Source: The Barry GEM/ Travel News/Anadolu Agency

Suprise catch for Fethiye fisherman

A fisherman had to have one of his own hooks removed from his forehead after an accident during his cast.

He was fishing at Çalış Beach on Thursday when he mistakenly hooked himself during the backward swing of his cast.

The fisherman was taken to the Devlet State Hospital where the hook was removed.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

Turkish Airlines to provide Braille boarding passes to visually impaired customers

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

Turkish Airlines (THY) announced on Thursday that it will provide boarding passes written in the Braille alphabet to its visually impaired customers travelling from the Atatürk Airport in Istanbul.

The boarding passes will be printed by special check-in counters, which have been placed around the airport’s international terminals.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

THY has 328 aircraft, both passenger and cargo, flying to 300 destinations in 120 countries, including 251 international and 49 domestic destinations. In August, THY hit an all-time high for seat occupancy at 84.3 percent, carrying 7.4 million passengers, a 14.3 percent rise over the same month last year.

Last year, the company carried 62.8 million passengers, up 2.5 percent from 61.2 million passengers in 2015

Source: Daily Sabah

Protestors call for Göcek Tunnel to be free

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

Protestors gathered in Ortaca on Wednesday to campaign against the Göcek Tunnel transit fees.

They carried placards saying ‘Göcek Tüneli Ücretsiz’ (‘Göcek Tunnel Free’) and called for citizens to boycott the tunnel and use the old road.

A petition set up in Fethiye, Ortaca and Köyceğiz, has so far collected 70 thousand signatures.

After the press release, the group disbanded without incident

Source: Hürriyet.com



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates

Fethiyespor lost at home against Adanaspor on Tuesday evening in the Ziraat Cup match. The final score was 1-2. Fethiyespor took the lead in the 43′  but went on to lose the match.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

Their away match against Konya Anadolu Selçukspor on Sunday afternoon was a draw. Fethiyespor were three up at half time but went on to draw when Anadolu scored three goals in the second half. The final score was 3-3.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

Fethiyespor remains in 13th position on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017

The next league matches are:

Sunday 5th November away against Niğde Belediyespor. Kick-off is at 13:30.

Sunday November 12th at home against SBS Inşaat Kırklarelıspor. Kick off is at 13:30.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.

Turkish Money

Here are Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:

The British Pound bought 4.97TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.84TL.

The US Dollar bought 3.78TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.67TL.

The Euro bought 4.39TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.32TL.

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 28 October 2017Today’s featured image is by local photographer, Natalia Alpatova