The airport concession was awarded by State Airports Authority (DHMI) last year for a bid amount of €717 million (US$807.7 million). TAV Airports started the operation of domestic terminal on October 2014. The company will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Milas-Bodrum Airport until 2035.
Being one of the busiest airports of the Aegean Region of Turkey, Milas-Bodrum Airport was opened to international traffic in 1997. Located within the borders of Mu?la province, the airport is situated between Milas and Bodrum, two important cities of antique Caria region. Furthermore, it plays a very significant role in the transportation to tourism centers such as Didim, Ku?adas?, Söke of Ayd?n province as well as Mu?la.
A new terminal, designed to handle 5 million passengers a year, opened in June 2012. The old terminal, now reserved for domestic flights, is 1 km away, a 15-minute walk across a grassy field. The airport is only 32 km away from Bodrum, 12 km away from Milas and 82 km away from Didim.
TAV Airports President & CEO Sani Åžener stated:
"Milas-Bodrum Airport connects one of Turkey's most significant tourism centers to the rest of the world with an annual passenger capacity of almost 4 million. After we have taken over the operation of domestic terminal, we achieved a 16 per cent increase in the annual passenger capacity. Now, we will endeavor to deliver such performance at the international terminal. Today, the products and services of TAV are in use at 70 airports in 16 countries. We will utilize our know-how to carry Bodrum to the position it deserves. We believe that Bodrum will become the fourth largest city in Turkey within the next 15 to 20 years. By increasing the direct flights to the international terminal in close collaboration with local authorities and players of tourism industry, we are planning to make Bodrum a center of attraction which will be popular for all 12 months of the year."