IN PICTURES: Why Antalya is a planespotters paradise

Ton Jochems returns to Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast to capture some of the rare and diverse operators on display at the booming tourist gateway.

It’s usually a no-brainer to book my annual aviation pilgrimage to Antalya (AYT). However, summer 2022 was a little different, with many uncertain factors leaving me to question if a trip to Turkey would justify the effort. While preparing the trip, it was not clear if post-pandemic holidaymakers would have returned to the sunny beaches of Antalya. On top of that, the war between Ukraine and Russia was a significant consideration.

I started monitoring the fantastic Antalya Airport app, which provides a wealth of information for the enthusiast. Going above and beyond the normal list of flight numbers, it also details aircraft types and registrations. By early June it became clear that there was every reason to revisit the Turkish resort and that there would be a great mix of aircraft to enjoy.

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