Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Work to complete infrastructure improvements carries on non-stop
Infrastructure and superstructure work being carried out by Fethiye Municipality, MUSKİ, Aydem and telecommunication companies continues, with crews working day and night to complete the work.
Çarşı Caddesi is now resurfaced and open to traffic.
BSK hot asphalt surfacing is underway on prepared sections of İnönü Boulevard and Mustafa Kemal Boulevard.
Other sections of İnönü Boulevard and Mustafa Kemal Boulevard are being prepared for resurfacing.
Ovacık Bridge Junction, located on İnönü Boulevard is still partially closed to traffic due to the sewerage collector line connection being laid by MUSKI teams.
The work is scheduled to be completed by May 15 ready for the season.
Corendon Airlines announces flights from Birmingham to Turkish sunspots
Corendon Airlines, the European leisure carrier, has announced the launch of flights from Birmingham Airport to Turkey offering sunseekers much needed holiday choices for summer.
The airline, which is based at Antalya Airport, will now operate flights twice a week to Dalaman and three times a week to Antalya. The connections are operated using the airline’s fleet of 189-seat B737-800 aircraft.
Paul Riches, the Commercial representative of Corendon Airlines, said: ‘We are very excited to launch our service from Birmingham Airport. We plan to increase our Birmingham flights to many other popular holiday destinations in the following seasons. We aim to provide holidaymakers direct and comfortable flights to sunny destinations and we are confident our Birmingham flights will be successful in summer 2022 and beyond.’
Tom Screen, Aviation Director for Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Corendon Airlines to Birmingham and are pleased initial sales numbers are strong. This bodes well as the aviation sector gets back on its feet and the British public takes to the skies once again after a two-year Covid-19 layoff. We look forward to developing the partnership with Corendon Airlines further in the coming years.’
Corendon, which is already on sale to Antalya and Dalaman for summer 2022, has said that it will extend its Antalya service into winter 2022/23. Winter tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks.
Turkish citizens try to deal with soaring poverty by decreasing meal quantities, staying hungry
Turkish citizens are trying to cope with increasing poverty through various methods, including decreasing their meal quantities, staying hungry and not buying meat at all.
A survey conducted by MetroPoll Research Company asked citizens what they were doing to “get by” in the face of deteriorating economic conditions.
Some 50.3 per cent of survey participants said they decreased their meal quantities, while 31.9 per cent they were “occasionally going hungry,” and 61.8 per cent said they stopped eating meat at all.
Some 53.7 per cent of survey participants reported wearing thick clothes and not using heating, while 57.9 per cent said they were washing their clothes less.
And 62.5 per cent of participants who owned a car said that they stopped using their vehicles, as the fuel prices similarly also skyrocketed.
The survey results were shared by MetroPoll head Özer Sencar on Twitter.
Source: Duvar English
Istanbul Airport ranked second busiest in the world last year
Last year only one airport had a larger international passenger volume than Turkey’s Istanbul Airport, its operator IGA has said.
Istanbul Airport, Turkey’s largest, saw more than 26.4 million international passengers in 2021 – up 66 per cent from the previous year, under the shadow of Covid-19 travel restrictions – showed the data based on the Airports Council International (ACI) ranking.
This carried Istanbul Airport to second place globally in terms of passenger volume, jumping four spots from sixth place last year.
In 2019 it ranked just 14th place.
The United Arab Emirates Dubai International Airport came on top with 29.1 million international passengers last year, while the Netherlands’ Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ranked third.
Source: TRT World
Turkey to hike citizenship-for-homes threshold as sales soar
Foreigners looking to buy homes in Turkey to become Turkish citizens will now have to pay more, reports said Wednesday, in a move that comes as sales to foreign buyers, particularly Russians and Ukrainians, are soaring.
The amount that foreigners have to pay for a property and commit to keeping it for at least three years to get a Turkish passport is about to be increased to $400,000 (TL 5.84 million), local media reported, citing a decision discussed at the Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Ankara adopted the citizenship-for-homes scheme in 2017. A year later it cut the minimum price to $250,000, from $1 million, to attract foreign buyers.
The revised regulation is due to be announced in the Official Gazette soon, reports said.
Some 7,000 foreigners received citizenship via home purchases between 2017 and 2020, the government said last year.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor won their away match against Ağrı 1970 Spor on Sunday. The final score was 0-1.
With 31 matches played, Fethiyespor remains in second place on the league table, three points behind leaders Erokspor.
Sunday 24th April away against Karşıyaka. The kick-off is at 15:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 19.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 19.20 TL.
The US Dollar bought 14.63 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 14.74 TL.
The Euro bought 15.82 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 16.04 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Çalış – sometimes seas are rough, and sometimes they are calm” by Lyn Ward