TAV Airports, the leading global brand of Turkey in airport operations sector, has started to operate the International Terminal of Milas-Bodrum Airport. TAV was awarded the tender held by State Airports Authority (DHMI) and started the operation of domestic terminal on October 2014. TAV will be the operator of Milas-Bodrum Airport until the end of 2035.
TAV Airports President & CEO Sani Şener stated: “Milas-Bodrum Airport connects one of Turkey's most significant tourism centers to the rest of the world with an annual passenger capacity of almost 4 million. After we have taken over the operation of domestic terminal, we achieved a 16 per cent increase in the annual passenger capacity. Now, we will endeavor to deliver such performance at the international terminal. Today, the products and services of TAV are in use at 70 airports in 16 countries. We will utilize our know-how to carry Bodrum to the position it deserves. We believe that Bodrum will become the fourth largest city in Turkey within the next 15 to 20 years. By increasing the direct flights to the international terminal in close collaboration with local authorities and players of tourism industry, we are planning to make Bodrum a center of attraction which will be popular for all 12 months of the year."
Being one of the busiest airports of the Aegean Region of Turkey, Milas-Bodrum Airport was opened to international traffic in 1997. Located within the borders of Muğla province, the airport is situated between Milas and Bodrum, two important cities of antique Caria region. Furthermore, it plays a very significant role in the transportation to tourism centers such as Didim, Kuşadası, Söke of Aydın province as well as Muğla. The airport is only 32 km away from Bodrum, 12 km away from Milas and 82 km away from Didim.
TAV Airports submitted the winner bid (€717 million + VAT) in the tender which was held on March 2014 for the operating rights of Milas-Bodrum Airport until the end of 2035.
Milas-Bodrum Airport served a total of 3,412,000 passengers, of which 1,975,552 passengers were hosted at the Domestic Terminal and 1,437,000 passengers were welcomed at the International Terminal, at the end of September 2015.