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

Today’s featured photograph of Belcekiz beach in Ölüdeniz is by Sefik Akkurt.


easyJet announces new route from Bristol to Antalya

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019
easyJet has added seven new destinations from Bristol Airport this year (Image: Colin Lane)

Budget airline easyJet has announced a new route from Bristol to Antalya for the 2020 season, making it the seventy-third destination it flies to from the city.

Flights will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer, offering travellers from the South West a direct route to another popular Turkish resort.

Existing Turkish routes already available from Bristol Airport include Dalaman and Bodrum.

Flights will take off from May 3, 2020 and the new service is expected to carry over 23,000 customers during its first season.

Seats are now on sale with fares starting at £28.99 from easyJet’s website.

Source: bristolpost.co.uk

Low honey yield leads to price increases

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019

Pine honey production in Fethiye has reduced by 50 percent this year leading to an increase in prices and concern amongst members of the Fethiye Beekeepers Development Cooperative .

In a statement, Harvesting Cooperative Chairman, Hüseyin Korkmaz said “This year the yield is very low. There are a number of factors that may have adversely affected honey production; a decrease in the number of beekeepers, honey being harvested too early, climate change, and beetle and insect problems. 80 percent of pine honey in Turkey is produced in Muğla, Fethiye and Marmaris and the price is normally considerably lower than the market price.”

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Turkey foils drug smuggling bid at Istanbul Airport

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019

More than one and a half tons of illegal drugs destined for the U.S. were seized at Istanbul Airport on Friday, according to security sources.

The 1.745 tons of drugs — with an estimated 70 million Turkish Lira ($12 million) market value — shipped from Indonesia were detected by a sniffer dog at the airport.

It was the record amount of illicit drug ever seized at any Turkish airport.

Following the inspection, the drugs were revealed to be kratom, a herbal substance of Southeast Asian origin which was made of the leaves of an indigenous tree.

Subject to numerous health warnings, kratom has been banned in most of the countries in the world and is known being highly addictive and linked to numerous deaths.

Source: aa.com.tr

Turkey plans 100,000 low-cost housing units per year

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019
The earthquake resistant housing will represent the style and culture of Turkish neighborhoods

Turkey’s president has unveiled a project that will build 100,000 new low-cost, earthquake resistant housing units every year. 

“We are starting the process of constructing 100,000 low-cost housing in all 81 provinces of our country as part of our 2020 program,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said speaking from the presidential complex in Ankara on Thursday.

He added that the foundation will be laid for the first buildings in the New Year and that construction is expected to take one to one-and-a-half years.

Source: aa.com.tr

Karaca Cave attracted over 120,000 tourists in 2019

The Karaca Cave in the eastern Black Sea province of Gümüşhane attracted more than 120,000 foreign and domestic tourists in 2019.

The 105-meter-long cave’s formation took 30,000 years and features spectacular lime structures, stalactites and stalagmites.

Cebeli locals have known about the cave since 1983 but it was officially discovered by geology student Şükrü Eürz in 1990 and opened to visitors in 1996.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.


Fethiyespor won their away match against Kemerspor 2003 yesterday. The final score was 0-1. This was the last match of the first half of the season.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019

Fethiyespor stay in second place on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019

The next league matches are:

The second half of the season starts on Sunday 12th January when Fethiyespor play away against Erokspor. Kick off is at 17:00.*

Sunday 19th January at home against Kocaelispor. Kick off is 17:00. *

  • Please note kick off times may change.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol updates

Fethiye’s Basketball Team lost their away match in Ankara on Saturday. The final score was Mamak Belediyesi 99 – 91 Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019

The next league matches are:

Saturday 21st December at home against Bandırma Kırmızı . The match starts at 17:00.

Everyone is welcome to come along and support our local team. 

All matches are also broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV.

You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.74 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.58 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.80 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.77 TL.

The Euro bought 6.45 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.38 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Winter is here with a vengeance and Fethiye was lashed by torrential rain, floods, lightning and strong winds last week.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019
Photo by Gerçek Fethiye

We’re happy to report that the weather front has moved away and there is sunshine forecast for this week.

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 15 December 2019

Source: Living Earth

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