Bodrum Airport: An International Gateway

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Bodrum-Milas Airport, best known as Bodrum Airport, is an international gateway which is 38 kilometres away from the town centre to the north-east.

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 picture taken from the domestic terminal of Bodrum AirportBodrum-Milas Airport

The IATA code of this 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.

The biggest airport of the region is Adnan Menderes in Izmir which is followed by Bodrum Airport as the second one. The third is Dalaman Airport and it is near Dalaman. Since both Dalaman and Bodrum are in the city limits of Mugla City, two airports can sometimes cause confusion for the travellers. You can read more about this confusion at the end of this page.

The passenger capacity of BJV is 3.5 million passengers per year. There are some ongoing projects which aim to increase its capacity to higher volumes.

VIP and CIP lounges, a parking lot, banks, ATM machines, shops, health care facilities, a post office and rent a car companies are some of the services are being offered for both domestic and international passengers.

Bodrum Airport Transfers

When you land on Bodrum Airport, making a transfer to where you stay is the last step before beginning your vacation. It is also an important step to catch your plane on time on your way back home.

I thought this topic needs special treatment and I had to handle it separately. Click Bodrum Airport Transfers to learn your alternatives.

International Flights to Bodrum

Peak seasons are always busiest times in town and at the airport. Hundreds of planes land and take off during a single day.

Tourists are not the only passengers. Population of Bodrum increases with new people who decide to stop being a tourist and become a local by moving here. As a result, number of flights to Bodrum Airport slightly increases in the low seasons as well.

Many airlines like Lufthansa, EasyJet, Jet2, Transavia, Monarch, Jetairfly and KLM start to schedule direct flights from UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France and Austria to Bodrum in summers. At worst case, you can find a connected flight every day.

If you are planning to make your own reservation for a connected flight, continue to read the following section. 

Map showing major airports around the region

Domestic Flights to Bodrum

Although direct flights to Bodrum are always available from Istanbul and Ankara, some other big cities like Adana and Antalya schedule round trips in summers.

If you are currently in Turkey and want to spend some time in Bodrum, you will eventually find a way to get here. Depending on your current location, a bus can be your best option. If your plans include travelling to multiple locations in the region, you may want to learn more by clicking Ground Transport: Bus to Bodrum.

If Bodrum is only a part of your visit and you want to cover more areas in Turkey, you may want to make your own travel arrangements online. If this is the case, pay attention to connected flights through below airports;

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport

In an october afternoon, I was at Izmir Adnan Menderes AirportOn My Way to Kusadasi, at Izmir Airport

Izmir is a popular holiday destination as well as a business centre. Since it is a big city, finding a direct flight here can be easier.

The tricky part is to not trying to fly to Bodrum from Izmir. It is only 3.5 hours away from Bodrum by bus. Any flight between these cities will be connected flight which takes at least 5 to 6 hours and costs much more.

Instead, take an airport shuttle to Izmir Bus Terminal and find a bus to Bodrum. Pamukkale is my favourite company and has services to Bodrum every hour in summers. In winters, you may have to wait up to 3 hours in the terminal.

Other well-known companies that you may want to check are Kamil Koc and Metro. Click Bus to Bodrum for further information.

Airports in Istanbul

Istanbul is the city where you can find direct flights to Bodrum Airport every day. Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet, Pegasus Airlines, Atlas Jet and many others have scheduled flights.

So what’s the trick? The trick is there are two airports in Istanbul and considering the famous Istanbul traffic, it can be a nightmare to get from one to another.

The first one is Istanbul Ataturk Airport, also known as Yesilkoy. It is located at the north-west part of Istanbul, on European side. Since it is the biggest airport of Turkey, it would be easy to find a flight here. The other one is Sabiha Gokcen Airport and it is located on the Asian part to south-east.

The distance between those two airports is approximately 60 km. You may think they are close but anyone planning to make a transfer between them, should take the heavy traffic into account. During rush hours, it may take up to 3 or more hours. As a result, if you want to book a connected flights to Bodrum Airport through Istanbul, make sure your arrival and departure airports are the same.

Dalaman Airport

I have come across some travel blogs introducing Dalaman Airport as an alternative of Bodrum Airport. Well, that isn’t true because it can take 3 hours to Bodrum if you can find a ride.

Both airports are in the city limits of Mugla Province but the distance between them is 235 kilometres. That’s why a Bodrum passenger flying to Dalaman is something unusual. You may click on Distance between Bodrum and Various Locations to check other relevant distances.

If somehow you have to land on Dalaman Airport, you need to get to bus station and find a service to Bodrum.

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