Airports in Bodrum and Antalya experienced passenger growth of over 19% compared to July last year
Beaches and resorts in Turkey have returned to the spotlight and attracted a record number of holidaymakers this year. According to the latest ANKER Report, which evaluates air traffic data, airports in Bodrum and Antalya underwent the biggest growth in passenger traffic out of 30 European airports over July this year.
In comparison to the same month last year, the number of passengers flying to these two airports grew by more than 19 per cent, while Dalaman, third Turkish holiday destination, reported an increase of over 15 per cent.
The ANKER Report has analysed the airport traffic across Europe and mainly around the Mediterranean, which is a popular location for European holidaymakers.
“The ANKER Report has collected July passenger data for over 30 airports primarily around the Mediterranean, which tend to be the most popular destinations for people living in northern Europe who typically want to go for a relaxing week or two somewhere where there is a high chance of warm weather and sunshine,” the report says.
“Ironically, this summer many parts of northern Europe have seen record temperatures, while some destinations around the Mediterranean were so hot that tourists were advised to stay indoors.”
The only other destination that managed to follow the Turkish numbers and reached a growth of at least 15 per cent was the Greek island of Kefalonia that attracted 17.5 per cent more travellers than in July than last year. Also Kos, Santorini and Corfu all reported double-digit growth. Chania, where traffic was down 2.4 per cent, was the only major Greek holiday airport that failed to register growth.
Spanish airports, on the other hand, have reported slight decreases in traffic with Tenerife being the worst performing. The Canary Island airport welcomed 4.4 per cent fewer visitors than in July 2017, while Lanzarote has reported a decrease of 3.8 per cent and Menorca 3.3 per cent.
The lower performance at Spanish airports could have been influenced by the collapses of both airberlin/NIKI in Germany and Austria and Monarch Airlines in the UK that occurred at the end of last year. “Both carriers operated a significant proportion of their capacity to Spain,” the report states.
Another country that performed relatively well this year, was Croatia. Traffic to Split was up 5.9 per cent to 696,000 passengers in July, Dubrovnik’s traffic increased by 7.4 per cent to 475,000, while Pula is up 12.5 per cent to 172,000.
“Only Zadar, which is a base for Ryanair, has seen a small drop in traffic by 0.5 per cent to 114,000,” the ANKER Report says.