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Ryanair expands network destinations to Turkey

Dalaman AirportRyanair has announced a network expansion which will include the seaside resort of Dalaman in Turkey. The route is a new country destination for the budget airline. Flights from two European airports will commence at the end of June and operate once a week in each direction.

Services between Dublin and Dalaman will take off on Sunday the 24 June and operate every Sunday for the remainder of the 2018 summer holiday season. Flights from the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava, to Dalaman will inaugurate on the 28 June and fly each Wednesday henceforth for the summer.

In a bulletin posted on its own website, Ryanair says it will deploy its fleet of Boeing 737-800s to serve the two new routes. These are configured to accommodate 189 passengers. Apart from six rows with extra legroom, all seats are economy class. Like all budget carriers, Ryanair charges extra for the additional leg space.

The Boeing 737-800s have a maximum flying range of 3,200 miles. Dublin to Dalaman just tops the 2,000-mile mark and is well within range. Dalaman Airport is a short drive from Dalaman. The town is the gateway to popular beaches like those at Dalaman, Sarsala Koyu, Fethiye and Marmaris.  The exhilarating Atlantis Waterpark is close to Marmaris.

Although Dalaman and Turkey are a first for Ryanair, plenty of other airlines fly this route directly from the UK. In summer, British Airways, easyJet, Pegasus, Thomas Cook and TUI fly to Dalaman from airports including Birmingham, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow.

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