Here we are again with the 3rd article of our feuilleton on Turkey’s busiest international airports. Such as our two previous articles as to Istanbul and Antalya Airports, Milas-Bodrum International Airport is also one of the most visited one in Turkey. As you can all assume, especially during the summer season.
Milas–Bodrum Airport (IATA: BJV, ICAO: LTFE), best known as Bodrum Airport, is an international airport that serves the Turkish towns of Bodrum and Milas. The airport is situated 36 km northeast of the town of Bodrum, and 16 km south of Milas.
Flights to Bodrum has started with the opening of a domestic terminal in 1998. This terminal was used also for international passengers for a while before a new international terminal came into use in 2012.
A spacious new international terminal was completed in 2000. This then became the domestic terminal in 2012 following the completion of the new international terminal. The old terminal, now reserved for domestic flights, is next to the international terminal. The terminals host about 2.5 million travellers per year and are especially busy during the peak summer tourism months when charter flights arrive frequently from major cities in Europe.
The new terminal, designed to handle 5 million passengers a year, opened in June 2012 and operation of the airport was transferred to a private company who run the airport on behalf of the Turkish Government. The terminal itself is now large and spacious with additional seating and two outdoor smoking areas which can be accessed, from the departures lounge. Improvements were made to the check-in area and the former international terminal was converted into a domestic terminal.
Let’s Get Straight Into The Airport
The IATA code of Milas-Bodrum International Airport, an acronym for International Air Transport Association, is BJV and it is run by DHMI, another boring acronym used for General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey.
In the region, Adnan Menderes Airport in Izmir is the biggest airport. Milas-Bodrum International Airport follows it as the 2nd biggest airport. The third biggest airport is Dalaman Airport and it is pretty close to Dalaman Airport. Since both Dalaman and Bodrum are in the city borders of Mugla City, two airports can sometimes cause confusion for the travellers.
The passenger capacity of BJV (Milas-Bodrum International Airport) is 3.5 million passengers per year. There are some ongoing projects which aim to increase its capacity to higher volumes.
Milas-Bodrum International Airport offers a variety of services, such as VIP (Very Important Person) and CIP (Commercial Important Person) lounges, a parking lot, banks, ATM machines, shops, health care facilities, a post office and rent a car companies for both domestic and international passengers.
Bodrum Airport Public Transportation
Sadly we must mention that there is no railway network connected with the peninsula neither in the region nor the airport. All you have once you landed at the airport are Shuttle services, rent-a-car companies and taxis. It usually takes 40 to 60 minutes depending on the traffic conditions with a shuttle service. Cabs are a little faster and it takes around 30 or 40 minutes.
Bodrum Airport Transfers
There are several shuttle companies serve between the airport and the city centre. They are good, old and quality ways to choose. The destination between the airport and the central points of the peninsula are not far away from each other. You can reach wherever you wish in just 30-40 minutes. Havas and Muttas are the two main companies in order to serve your regional transportation needs.
Shuttles operating between the airport and the town centre are the easiest and cheapest way for airport transfers. It is going to cost TRY 10 (around 2 $). If your final destination is not Bodrum town, minibuses, – or “dolmus” as we call – can take you to any town or village of the peninsula. The minibus station and shuttles are both in Bodrum Intercity Bus Terminal. So all you have to do is to drag your luggage after getting out of the shuttle for 50 meters max.
Bodrum Airport Taxi
In case of having any troubles with shuttle buses then, you do not worry! Airport taxi is ready to serve you for 7/24. And the good news is the airport taxi has a web page and they have a price list for various destinations. You can make your reservations as well!