The Board of Directors of Dalaman International Airport has appointed Yiğit Laçin chief executive officer.

The new CEO has over 15 years' experience in the aviation industry. Laçin has spent most of his career at TAV Airports, a Turkish airport operation and services company that is part of Groupe ADP. Most recently he was general manager of Gazipaşa-Alanya International Airport, in the Turkish province of Antalya.

Laçin previously held positions of responsibility at Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport in Tunisia and Skopje International Airport in North Macedonia. A graduate in Economics, he has also been accredited as an International Aviation Professional by the International Civil Aviation Organization and Airports Council International.

“We are delighted to announce Yiğit's appointment. His experience in both the industry and the local market makes him the best choice to manage this important asset for the company. His appointment will contribute to strengthening our privileged position in the aviation industry,” said Luke Bugeja, CEO of Ferrovial Airports. Earlier this year Spanish conglomerate Ferrovial, through its Airports division, paid €140m for a 60% stake in the company that manages the Dalaman International Airport concession.

Dalaman Airport handled five million passengers in 2019, most of them international. That represents an increase of 78% with respect to 2006 and ranks Dalaman as Turkey's fourth-largest airport in terms of international passenger numbers. The airport has two terminals with capacity for over 20 million passengers per year, an apron for over 50 aircraft, and parking space for cars and tour buses.

The airport also features ancillary facilities such as a water treatment plant, and plans to build a renewable power plant, which will make it one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly projects in Turkey.

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