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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

Dalaman airport - new international terminal opens Wednesday 4th July 2018

Dalaman Airport Dalaman Airport

Article updated 4th July: Dalaman is the most convenient airport for people visiting Kalkan.  According to KTLN surveys over 90% of Kalkan visitors arrive via this airport.

Back in 2015 work began on building a new international terminal at Dalaman.  The old domestic terminal was demolished, with internal flights temporarily managed alongside overseas flights within the international terminal.

The first concrete of the new terminal was laid in August 2016 and the finished complex, costing some 250 million euros was originally due to open in April, but that deadline was missed.  It is now set to open on Wednesday 4th July.

The current international terminal will then be used for domestic flights only.

Update: Message received from Dalaman International Airport telling us that they couldn't make this morning's deadline, so now the first arrival at the new terminal will be the Thomas Cook flight from London Gatwick to Dalaman MT 0556, scheduled to leave Gatwick at 21.15 on 4th July and due to arrive in Dalaman at 03.20 on 5th July.  

A soft opening
Management at Dalaman International Airport have told KTLN that the 4th July will be what they call a "soft opening" - literally a transition of operations from the old terminal to the new one.

But at this stage there will be no official opening ceremony - that will be a little later when the diaries of various VIPs can be co-ordinated.

Below: The first concrete was laid in April 2016.

New Dalaman airport

Below: Dalaman international passenger traffic 2014 - 2017.



Decrease %
 2014  3,297,000  
 2015  3,153,000  -4%
 2016  1,822,000  -42%
 2017  2,275,000  +25%

In 2015 and 2016 international arrivals at Dalaman fell, but in 2017 the numbers were much better.  Last year Dalaman was the fifth busiest airport in Turkey for international passengers, after Istanbul Atatürk, Antalya, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Izmir.

Tourism is bouncing back
And this brand new terminal will start operating at a time when tourism in Turkey is bouncing back.  All the signs are that passenger numbers are on the up this year and a number of flight and tour operators have scaled up capacity for 2018.

This year Dalaman has direct flights from the following UK airports: Manchester; London Gatwick; London Stansted; Luton; Newcastle; Birmingham; Glasgow; Bristol; Leeds Bradford; East Midlands; Belfast; Cardiff; Norwich; Edinburgh; Liverpool; Aberdeen; Doncaster and Bournemouth.

The statistics
If you’re interested in a few facts and figures, the new terminal building will have a closed area of 155,000 m2, an apron barrier building covering 167 m2, a power plant and energy distribution building covering 6,000 m2 and new parking facilities with a capacity of 284 cars, 220 buses, and 368 other vehicles.  There will also be a viaduct nearly 760 m long.

With connection roads, parks, a biological treatment plant, solar energy system and other auxiliary buildings the new terminal will be energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.

New Dalaman airport

The passenger capacity of the new terminal at Dalaman International Airport will be a staggering 15 million so they are certainly building for the future. 

We hope that you get a chance to try it out this year.

P.S. The 20% discount on the CIP/VIP Lounge at Dalaman International Airport will continue in the new terminal building.  More on this exclusive discount for KTLN members soon.



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  • Comment Link Chris Brown Friday, 29 June 2018 10:59 posted by Chris Brown

    Let's just hope it puts a smile on the faces of the staff. Wherever we go in Turkey the people are so welcoming and friendly - apart that is from the team at Dalaman airport. I'm obviously generalising and I'm sure most of them are fine, but we've had some really unpleasant encounters with individual staff members at the airport over the years.

    Our backpack jammed in the xray machine when leaving last week. We had initially placed it in a tray, as we always do, but were told to take it out by the security staff. As a result the straps got caught up and it brought the system to a halt. Yet we were blamed for it and called "stupid" by one of the supervisors.

    And let's not mention the woman on the checkout in Duty Free who didn't utter a word. She just pointed to the credit card machine, threw a bag at us and then ignored us completely. Not even a smile or a thank you.

    It just leaves a really sour taste. But not that sour - we're booking up for next year already!

  • Comment Link darran white Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:19 posted by darran white

    Coming back in September can’t wait to see the new airport. Stats are pretty impressive

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