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Flying to Turkey

    Flights Update: Electronics ban lifted on the majority of flights departing Turkey to the UK


The UK government has lifted restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin on all UK bound flights from the following airports:

  • Antalya (Turkey)
  • Bodrum (Turkey)
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (Turkey)
  • Izmir (Turkey)

The following airports continue to be affected by restrictions, although some individual airlines may be exempt. Passengers travelling from these airports should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected:

  • Dalaman
  • Istanbul Atatürk

Flights from the UK to Turkey are not subject to the same restrictions.

The overall advice from the FCO regarding travel to Turkey is unchanged and the country remains a popular holiday destination.

Please refer to the following links for up-to-date information and details of devices which need to be checked into the hold:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-uk-aviation-security

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey

 

    Booking flights

 

The Turquoise Collection is an ATOL licence holder and can arrange flights on your behalf as part of a flight inclusive package holiday. Please contact us on +44 (0) 1449 770811 for a quote or send us an enquiry including your travel dates and preferred departure airport. 

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If you prefer to arrange your own flights you may find the links below helpful:

http://www.skyscanner.net/

http://flightchecker.moneysavingexpert.com/

 

   Dalaman Airport (nearest airport for holidays to Kalkan, Kas, Gocek & Fethiye)

 

Dalaman is the closest airport to Kalkan at approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes' drive. You can also fly into Antalya Airport, but the journey to Kalkan is longer at around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Dalaman airport, otherwise known as "Mugla Airport", is located 5km south of Dalaman on the south west coast of Turkey. Dalaman has 2 terminals; the modern international terminal which was opened in 2006 and a domestic terminal. If you had a connecting flight via Istanbul, you would fly into the domestic terminal at Dalaman. Non-stop flights from the UK will fly into the international terminal.

Facilities at the airport include; 16 cafes/restaurants, Duty free, shops, a bank, 2 currency exchange facilities, a premium/business lounge, and Wi-Fi internet access. Amongst these many restaurants is Burger King, Pizza Hut and McDonalds. We recommend that on your return flight to the UK, you bring food with you as the prices at the cafes/restaurants are very high.

There is a restriction on liquids contained in hand luggage, just as there is departing UK airports.

 

    Airlines flying into Dalaman from the UK

 

British Airways fly from London Gatwick.

EasyJet fly from; London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Flythomascook fly from; London Luton, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Cardiff, Bristol, Doncaster, Birmingham, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Norwich, East Midlands and Exeter.

Thomson fly from  London to Antalya.

Jet2 fly from; Blackpool, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.

First Choice fly to Antalya from; London Gatwick and Manchester.

Non-direct airlines include; Turkish Airlines, British Airways and Pegasus Airlines. Flights are typically via Istanbul, so if you fancy a short trip to Istanbul before journeying to Kalkan, you can book an internal flight from Istanbul to Dalaman with these airlines.

    Airline Seat Pitches and Widths
    Airline

Seat Pitch (inches):

Seat Width (inches):

     British Airways 31" - 34" 17" - 19"
     Easyjet 29" 18"
     Thomas Cook 30" - 35" 17"
     Jet 2 30" - 34" 16"-18"
     First Choice 28" - 34" 16"-18"

 

Most airlines offer extra legroom seats at an extra cost.  Most airlines allow you to pre-book your seats online when you are paying for your flight, so it will calculate the cost for basic or extra legroom seats. 

 

    Istanbul Airports

 

There are two international airports in Istanbul - Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on the Asian side of the city and Atatürk Airport on the European side.

Atatürk Airport processes the largest number of passengers in Turkey and is 15 miles (24 km) west of the city centre, which is about half an hour's drive. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights within Turkey and Terminal 2 is for international flights. Starbucks, Burger King and Café Nero are just some of the cafés/restaurants on offer, in addition to duty free shops, a number of airport lounges, currency exchange facilities, ATMs, a post office and a spa and beauty centre.

The following airlines operate between the UK and Istanbul Atatürk Airport:

  • Pegasus Airlines (London-Gatwick, London-Stansted)
  • Turkish Airlines (Birmingham, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester)
  • British Airways (London-Heathrow)
  • AtlasJet (London-Luton)

Sabiha Gökçen Airport is 22 miles (35 km) southeast of central Istanbul - around a 50 minute drive - and has one terminal for both international and domestic flights. The facilities at the airport include cafés/restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King and Starbucks, as well as a number of duty free shops, ATMs, currency exchange facilities, airport lounges, a post office and a hairdresser.

The following airlines operate between the UK and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport:

  • Pegasus Airlines (London-Gatwick, London-Stansted)
  • Turkish Airlines (London-Gatwick)
    Nevsehir Airport (for holidays to Cappadocia)

 

Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport is the closest airport to Cappadocia, at around a 40-45 minute drive (20.5 miles/33 km). The airport has both international and domestic terminals and is open from 07:15 am until the last flight. There is a small duty free shop in the international terminal as well as a buffet style cafeteria that is open during operating hours.

The following airlines operate between the UK and Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport:

  • Pegasus Airlines - Non-direct (London-Gatwick, London-Stansted)
  • Turkish Airlines - Non-direct (Birmingham, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester)

 

    Milas Bodrum Airport (for holidays in Bodrum)

 

Milas Bodrum Airport is the closest airport to Bodrum, with an approximate 36 minute drive (36.1km/22.4 miles). Built in 1997 and opened in 1998, the Milas Bodrum airport has both international and domestic terminals catering for over 19 million passengers in 2014. There are duty free shops and a variety of different restaurants and bars in both the domestic and international terminals to enjoy while you wait for your flight. 

The following airlines operate between the UK and Milas Bodrum Airport: 

  • EasyJet (Bristol, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, London-Luton, Liverpool)
  • Thomas Cook (London-Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle)
  • Jet2 (Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow International, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted)