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


Brand new destination from Belfast International is a Turkish delight!

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced another new destination from Belfast International Airport for Summer 18, with weekly flights to Dalaman in Turkey the latest addition to what is already a hugely expanded flights and holidays programme.

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Earlier this year, we launched our Summer 18 programme with eight new destinations. This has now increased to nine brand new destinations with the addition of Dalaman, otherwise known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’ thanks to its stunning seas and coastal scenery.

The new flights to Dalaman will depart every Tuesday from June 26th until September 25th 2018, and mean that we will operate to 23 destinations from Belfast International Airport next summer.

The announcement also means the addition of a second new Turkish destination from the airport for Summer 18, with a new route to Antalya also coming into operation. Other new destinations for Summer 18 include: Almeria, Crete, Madeira, Malta, Naples, Paphos and Rhodes.

A Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be added to the fleet at Belfast International to support a 41% increase in capacity, which represents over 400,000 seats on sale for Summer 18.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “The Dalaman region offers something for everyone thanks to its stunning coastline and beaches, its array of fabulous resorts, and its rich history. We are confident that Dalaman will be very popular with Northern Ireland holidaymakers, just as our other Turkish destination of Antalya is already proving to be. Turkey is the perfect holiday hotspot and is seeing a huge surge in popularity thanks to its great weather and culture, as well as the fantastic value it offers.

“This latest new destination is part of our biggest ever summer programme from Belfast International Airport. Next summer we will operate to 23 destinations and increase capacity by 41%, and to support that growth we are investing in 30 new jobs and the addition of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Such success is only possible by looking after customers, and our continued focus on offering a VIP customer service, great value package holidays and family friendly flights is clearly paying off, as evidenced by the fact that Jet2holidays became the second largest tour operator in the UK just last month.”

Graham Keddie, Managing Director, BIA, said: “Turkey has always been a great destination from Belfast International Airport and we are confident the addition of Dalaman, alongside Antalya, will be extremely popular with local holidaymakers.”

For more information and to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com

Source: jet2.com

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes Turkey’s southwestern  Muğla

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 November 2017

An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 shook Ula district in Turkey’s southwestern Muğla province late Wednesday. No casualties have been reported.

The quake hit the Aegean city at 23.22 and there are no casualties or damage following the 5.0 magnitude quake, Muğla Governor Esengül Civelek said in a statement.

The depth of the quake was 5 kilometers, Boğaziçi University’s Kandilli Observatory said, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the number at 10.

The quake was felt in neighboring towns and cities.

Turkey, situated on major seismic fault lines, is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Aegean coast has witnessed several quakes above 5-magnitude since the start of the year.

In July, two foreigners died and more than 100 people were injured on the Greek island of Kos when an earthquake shook the popular Greek and Turkish holiday destinations in the Aegean Sea.

Turkish lira hits record low against dollar on strains in US ties

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 November 2017

The Turkish lira hit a record low of 3.9780 against the dollar on Nov. 21, accelerating losses to some 17 percent since September as concerns widened about Ankara’s strained relations with the United States and central bank independence.

The central bank responded with emergency measures to tighten policy, although that failed to reverse the slide.

The lira’s plunge has helped fuel inflation by driving up the cost of energy and other imports. Turkey imports almost all of its energy needs.

The currency fell as far as 3.9780 to the dollar, eclipsing a previous record low of 3.9417 set in January. It was at 3.9541 at 1111 GMT, after the central bank’s measures. Against the euro, the currency of some Turkey’s major trading partners, it touched a record low of 4.6711.

The Central Bank said it would remove banks’ borrowing limits on the interbank money market for overnight transactions, and increase their limit for the intraday liquidity facility – both moves designed to shore up the currency.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

London’s annual Turkish Film Festival goes digital

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 November 2017

The 21st annual London Turkish Film Festival has become the world’s first digital film festival, featuring Turkish movies over an internet site.

The website called “Film Turkey” will enable movie lovers from all over the world to watch selected films until Dec. 6, for a much cheaper price than usual movie theater screenings.

Organizers of this year’s London Turkish Film Festival decided to try a go digital after some of the sponsors pulled out due to the ongoing Brexit process in the United Kingdom.

Festival Director Vedide Kaymak told Anadolu Agency that preparations for the online platform actually began two years ago in order to provide the best experience for the festival’s international audience.

The platform is the only online film festival website, featuring the option of choosing more than one subtitle language for a Turkish movie.

Kaymak also added that this year’s London Turkish Film Festival will include over 20 movies, documentaries and short films.

The London Turkish Film Festival was first organized in 1993, screening thousands of Turkish productions and welcoming hundreds of movie lovers and artists each year.

Source: Daily Sabah

Storms bring an end to the sunny weather

The sunny weather Fethiye has been enjoying recently, was brought to an abrupt end at the weekend with the arrival of torrential rain and thunderstorms.

This was the scene in Ovacık on Monday morning after overnight storms.

Video courtesy of News 48/FRT TV

Heavy rain, falls as snow on the mountains in the winter months, so when the rains cleared this was the sight that greeted us.

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Snow on the mountains



Fethiye Belediyespor won their home match against Bursa Final Spor on Saturday. The final score was 69 – 62.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 November 2017

They are currently in 3rd position on the league table.

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Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates

A new Technical Director for Fethiyespor

Fethiyespor have a new Technical Director (Manager), Levent Eriş, who recently resigned from Gümüşhanespor.

Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatci, Fethiyespor President Mustafa Ferizcan and members of the board of directors attended the signing ceremony held at the club where Eriş signed a a eighteen month contract.

Levent Eriş said “I have fallen in love with the dark blue colors and I believe that we will do very good things here with Fethiyespor.” 

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Photograph courtesy of Fethiyespor

Fethiyespor won their home match against Silivrispo yesterday. The final score was 3-0.

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After yesterday’s result, Fethiyespor stay in 14th position on the league table.

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The next league matches are:

Sunday 3rd December away against Bandırmaspor. Kick off is at 13:30.

Sunday 10th December at home against Karşıyaka. 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 5.26TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.12TL.

The US Dollar bought 3.95TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.87TL.

The Euro bought 4.71TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.57TL.

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 25 November 2017