Regular travellers to Turkey, including second homeowners, will welcome the launch of discounted flights by Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus. The airline has just put flights from London Stansted to both Izmir and Istanbul on sale for just £49.99 one way, valid between 1st November 2013 and 29th March 2014, making a winter sun trip to Turkey very affordable.
Discounted flights between the two cities and other European cities are also available, which should help drive more tourists and potential holidaymakers needing rental accommodation to Turkey’s numerous beach resorts.
Izmir is the gateway to the popular Turkish resorts of Kusadasi, an hour south of the airport, as well as Altinkum and Cesme, both two hours away.
Pegasus also operates internal transfers between Istanbul and Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and the new airport at Gazipasa near Alanya.
Gazipasa is a quiet rural district famous for its banana and orange trees. The airport there is just 30 minutes east of the resort of Alanya, popular with northern Europeans for its balmy year-round climate. Until flights to Gazipasa were introduced a few years ago, after the airport was re-vamped, visitors to Alanya had to fly via Antalya Airport 90 minutes away.
Plans to develop a new marina in Gazipasa and open the area up to more tourists and foreign homeowners have been discussed although progress has been slow in realising the project.