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YDA Insaat has announced that it has won the tender process for a concession contract to operate the Dalaman Airport, located in southwestern Turkey.
YDA Insaat offered the highest bid, €705 million (US$980 million), for the 26-year contract. The company will start operating the domestic terminal, the international terminal and auxiliaries of the airport from 2015.
The Dalaman Airport tender was organised by the Turkish State Airports Authority (DHM?) and is part of a programme to transfer the operational rights of Dalaman, Bodrum-Milas, Samsun and Nev?ehir-Cappadocia airports. Other bidders included Turkish airports operator TAV Havalimanlari Holding, a joint venture of Turkey's Limak and India's GMR Infrastructure, and a joint venture of Germany's Fraport and Turkey's IC Ictas.
The US$150 million new international terminal was opened in 2009 following a build, finance, operate and transfer model. This terminal increased the capacity of the airport to 10 million passengers and can handle up to 35 planes parked at any one time. There are 22 escalators and 21 lifts in the 4 levels terminal building of 95,000 m2 indoors area.
Dalaman airport, which serves the popular Turkish holiday resorts of Datça, Marmaris, Göcek, Dalyan, Sar?germe, Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Kalkan and Ka?, is the fourth largest airport in terms of passenger traffic on international flights and the seventh largest airport in terms of total passenger traffic in Turkey. The airport's passenger traffic rose 6% to 4.057 million in 2013. YDA Insaat will need to make around €7 per passenger per year to cover the contract costs based on current passenger volumes.