Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Pegasus Airlines – Changes to the Check-in and Cabin Baggage Rules as of March 1st
Pegasus Airlines are making some changes to speed up boarding. The changes come into effect from 1st March 2018.
Please click on the links below for further details.
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Click here for check-in times for all check-in channels.
A clothing shop where everything is free
Last June, we brought you news about the new garment waste stations for the collection of old clothes, shoes and textiles placed around Fethiye.
Since then, Fethiye’s Department of Environmental Protection has been busy working on setting up a centre that will provide second-hand clothing and textiles to needy citizens, free of charge.
A textile manufacturing firm is supporting the project and the centre in Günlükbası will be operating fully before the summer season.
58 tons of clothing have already been collected including trousers, shoes and coats.
The Director of Fethiye’s Department of Environmental Protection, Hatice Kabak, said ”This project will establish a centre to meet the clothing requirements of Fethiye’s needy citizens. People wishing to donate secondhand items will be able to place them in the purple boxes or bring them directly to the centre. Our plan is to open the centre before the summer season. We are delighted to set up this project to help our needy citizens and we urge everyone to use the purple boxes for clothing or textile materials they no longer use”
New cable car expected to increase the number of visitors to Babadağ
Babadağ, home of one of the best paragliding centres in the world, is expected to host one million people annually with the completion of the cable car project planned for the end of this year.
The cable car is being installed on the southwestern slope of Babadağ and will run from Yasdam Street in Ovacık, pass through the 1200 meter runway, to the terminal station on the 1700 meter runway at Babadağ summit.
The cable car will have eight-seater cabins and will reach the summit in 6-7 minutes. A ski lift system will transport passengers to the 1800 and 1900 meter runways. A viewing terrace and restaurant will be built at the 1700 and 1900 runways.
AKUT, AFAD and UMKE mobilized to rescue paragliders
AFAD, AKUT and UMKE search and rescue teams were mobilized to rescue a Chinese pilot and his passenger who were injured in a paragliding incident on Saturday.
The paragliding pilot and the passenger were injured when their parachute failed during a flight from Babadağ’s 1200 meter runway.
Having opened without any problems, the parachute failed after 100 meters and the pilot and his passenger fell into the shrubbery on the mountain below.
Other pilots at the scene called the Regional 112 Emergency Service and National Medical Rescue Boards (UMKE), Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) and AFAD teams were dispatched to the scene.
The injured pilot and passenger were transferred to the Fethiye State Hospital for treatment. Their injuries were reported to be non-life threatening.
Turkey Travel Advice
23-02-2018 10:01 AM GMT
Local law and customs section – update on local law and customs; the possession, sale and export of antiquities is against the law and carries a prison sentence of 5 to 12 years as well as a substantial fine. It’s also an offence to insult the Turkish nation or the national flag, or to deface or tear up currency. If you are convicted of any of these offences you could face a prison sentence of between 6 months and 3 years
Hasankeyf locals prepare to move amid impending flooding
Inhabitants of Hasankeyf, a historic town that is due to be completely submerged by the floodwaters of the Ilısu Dam, which is under construction in the southeastern province of Batman, are preparing to move away from the area.
Locals have already started to move to completely new settlements built nearby by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ).
Each of the new homes is 180 square meters and the final ones are due to be delivered to their new owners at the beginning of June.
In the new settlement, the construction of the Hasankeyf Vocational School, a modern library, a mosque, a business centre and a district organization have all been completed.
Today, many visitors are flocking to Hasankeyf to see the historical town before it is finally flooded, as has been anticipated for many years.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Nazilli Belediyespor yesterday. The final score was 1-1.
After yesterday’s match, Fethiyespor stay at 15th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 4th March 2018 at home against Altay. Kick off is at 14.30
Saturday 10th March away against Ottocool Karagümrük. Kick off is at 15:00. (please note the later kick-off times)
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.29 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.25 TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.79 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.74 TL.
The Euro bought 4.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.64 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.