Almost 20 years after construction started on the airport near Alanya, a seaside resort in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, Gazipasa finally received its first scheduled flight last month, an ATR 72 operated by BoraJet.

Following a tender from the Turkish General Directorate of Airports Authority, TAV Airports Holding in August 2007 won the right to operate Gazipasa for 25 years against a fixed yearly lease of $50,000 plus the payment of a 65% share of the annual profit to the government. After the handover, TAV extended the airport’s runway by 36 m. to 1,861 m. and is hoping to acquire an additional 500,000 sq. m. of land to expand the runway further to 2,400 m.

Gazipasa, also called Antalya Gazipasa, is 120 km. (75 mi.) west of Antalya. It has a yearly passenger capacity of 500,000. The terminal building covers 2,144 sq. m.

TAV also operates Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga and Izmir's domestic terminal. Outside Turkey it controls Tbilisi and Batumi airports in Georgia and Monastir Habib Bourguiba in Tunisia. Additionally, it has taken over operations of the airports in Macedonia (Skopje and St. Paul). It also won the tender to expand Riga International.