Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.


Fethiye commemorates the 105th anniversary of the death of Fethi Bey

Captain Tayyareci Fethi Bey, the first pilot in Turkish aviation history who gave his name to Fethiye, was commemorated during a ceremony held at Şehit Fethı Bey Parkı on the 105th anniversary of his death on Wednesday (27 February).

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Photo Credit: Fethiye Belediyesi

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The town was renamed from Meğri to Fethiye which means “The place of Fethi,”  to honour the first Turkish airman to die in military service.

This article appeared in the Knoxville Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Tennessee on March 1, 1914,

Turkish Aviators Killed,”
“Constantinople, Feb. 28. – Fethi Bey and Sadik Bey, young aviators of the Turkish military aviation corps, were killed today while attempting to fly from Constantinople to Alexandria, Egypt. After leaving Damascus on the way to Jerusalem the aeroplane broke down in mid-air and the two aviators fell with it from a high altitude. Fethi Bey rendered great assistance to the Ottoman army during the Balkan war, making many flights over the Bulgarina positions.”

There appears to be some confusion about the day Fethi Bey died but Turkish sources agree that it was on February 27th, 1914.

Fethiye schools continue to participate in Eco-Schools project

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An exhibition of projects and activities from the first year of the Eco-Schools project was organised by Fethiye students and presented to guests at an awareness event this week.

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Eco-Schools is the largest global sustainable schools programme. It starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action-based learning, producing future generations of sustainably minded, environmentally conscious people.

51,000 schools in 67 countries are involved in the project with 13 million students and more than 1 million teachers taking part.

Private schools in Fethiye continue to implement the environmental education system as part of the eco-schools program to raise awareness of the conservation of natural resources and the environment, waste management and recycling.

Sources:fethiyehaber.com/Eco Schools

Transfer from Atatürk to Istanbul Airport to begin on April 5

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Aerial view of Istanbul Atatürk Airport

The transfer of operations from Atatürk Airport to the newly built Istanbul Airport is scheduled to start on 5 April.

The new airport was initially scheduled to be fully operational by 31 December 2018, however the move was delayed to 3 March and then to 5 April.

The transfer will begin at 3:00 a.m. local time on 5 April  and will last 45 hours until 12 a.m. on 7 April.

During the transfer the airports will only be available for base carriers’ flights and both airports will be operating with a reduced capacity of 35 arrivals and 35 departures per hour.

Once the transfer is complete, Atatürk Airport will be closed to domestic and international commercial passenger flights and will only be available for cargo, maintenance, general aviation, air taxi, business flights, state aircraft and other flights permitted by the airports authority DHMİ.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey holds largest navy drill in its history

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Photo Credit: Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey’s military conducted the largest naval exercise in its history this week, carrying out drills with frigates, corvettes and submarines in the Black Sea, Aegean and eastern Mediterranean.

According to the defense ministry, the exercise was planned six months in advance in line with NATO rules and regulations and was aimed at testing the readiness of command bases and operation centers throughout Turkey’s territorial waters.

The four-day drill, dubbed “Blue Homeland 2019,” began on  27 February and included a flotilla of 13 frigates, 6 corvettes, 16 assault boats, and 7 submarines, 7 mine hunting vessels, 14 patrol boats, as well as other navy vessels

The Turkish navy has taken significant steps in recent years to increase combat capability, to upgrade its fleet, and become stronger against national security threats.

Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/Reuters

34.6 million vehicles yield over 154.3m TL on Istanbul’s bridge and road tolls in January

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Photo Credit: Anadolu Agency

Turkey earned over 154.3 million Turkish lira ($28.8 million) from tolls collected at its two bridges over the Istanbul Strait and linked highways in January, according to the country’s highway directorate on Tuesday.

The July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, both of which are over the Bosphorus connecting Europe to Asia, yielded 34.5 million lira ($6.5 million), while the highways reaped 119.8 million Turkish lira ($22.4 million), according to data released by the Turkish Highways Directorate.

The figures indicate that 34.6 million vehicles paid tolls in the first month of this year.

Drivers in Turkey pay 8.75 Turkish lira ($1.6) for the bridge tolls, with higher fees for vehicles with more than two axles.

Last year, 463 million vehicles used the toll bridges and roads in Turkey, paying 1.8 billion liras ($367 million).

Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/Anadolu Agency

Stork and fisherman’s friendship in Turkey’s Bursa to be featured in movie

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Adem Yılmaz and Yaren the stork pictured at Lake Uluabat in Turkey’s Bursa province, March 1, 2019 (IHA Photo)

Here’s a heartwarming story from Bursa…

The story of the fabulous friendship between a 65-year-old fisherman and a stork in Turkey’s northwestern Bursa province is to be featured in a movie.

Adem Yılmaz and the stork’s friendship started seven years ago, when the fowl perched on Yılmaz’s fishing boat at Lake Uluabat and was fed by him.

Named as “Yaren” by Yılmaz, the stork is one of hundreds of other migrating birds which arrive in the small village of Eskikaraağaç, the only member of the European Stork Village Network from Turkey, during May.

Despite travelling thousands of kilometres, Yaren has come home to perch on Yılmaz’s fishing boat every year since and waits to be fed with fish. The two occasionally go fishing together, which has been pictured by photographers.

The story quickly caught global attention and was even displayed at a shadow play in Greece.

Photographer Alper Tüydeş, who took the first photos of Yılmaz and Yaren and revealed their story, will now work with documentary film-maker Burak Doğansoysal to film the story.

Source: Daily Sabah


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.


Fethiyespor drew their home match against Tuzlaspor A.Ş on Saturday. The final score was 0-0.

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Fethiyespor stay in 14th position on the league table.

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The next league matches are:

Wednesday 6th March away against Tarsus Idman Yurdu. Kick off is at 14:30.

Sunday 10th March away against Kahramanmaraşspor. Kick off is at 14:30.

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

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their home match against Kepez Belediyesi S.K on Saturday. The final score was 87 – 38.

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For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor please visit them on Facebook.

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.09 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.94 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.37 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.32 TL.

The Euro bought 6.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.03 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

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Source: Living Earth


  1. Hello Lyn
    It would be nice and useful if you could do an article on the transfers between International terminal to the domestic terminal inside the new airport once its in action..

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