Turkish airport operator TAV Airports has taken over the domestic operations at the new Milas-Bodrum Airport, in a deal worth €717m.
A concession agreement was signed by DHMI, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey and TAV Airports to operate the domestic terminal.
The move will enable the airport to launch direct flights to Bodrum from major airports worldwide.
TAV Airports president and CEO Sani Sener said: "Milas-Bodrum Airport connects one of Turkey’s most significant tourism centres to the rest of the world, with the current number of annual passengers exceeding 3.5 million.
"We believe that Bodrum will become the fourth largest city in Turkey within the next 15 to 20 years."
The operator will also take over the international terminal in September 2015.
Located in the Aegean region of Turkey, Milas-Bodrum plays a key role in transportation to other tourism centres such as Didim, Kusadasi and Söke in Aydin.
Milas-Bodrum Airport has served approximately 1.3 million passengers during the first six months of this year, including 714,000 domestic passengers and 588,000 international passengers.
Image: Milas-Bodrum Airport. Photo: courtesy of Madmick13.