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Decent airport although prices are ridiculous!
Dalaman Airport, Turkey (DLM)
Member Name: lauz1904
Dalaman Airport, Turkey (DLM)
Advantages: Modern, clean, has all the faclities you need
Disadvantages: Prices of food and drink, often delays
I have flown to and from Dalaman a few times on my trips to Turkey. It is conveniently located just a short drive away (60-70ish minutes from memory) from Marmaris which is the tourist hotspot of Turkey and where I have always stayed. So this is handy after a long flight because the last thing you want is a long coach journey to sit through!
The airport was refurbished a few years back, which it was in desperate need of! Before the refurbishment, it was a terrible beginning and end to an otherwise good holiday in a wonderful country. But now, I must say it has really improved and I was impressed last time I visited.
The whole airport is now modern throughout with more space and mainly glass furnishings which add to the spacious and clean feel of the building. The staff are very welcoming on arrival (which is a big improvement on before!) and the airport has all the facilities that you would expect. These include:
Small play area for children
Separate waiting rooms
I also noticed that the airport now accommodates and flies to numerous destinations which it wasn't well known for before, so this is an improvement meaning more people can access it from various parts of the UK. Although a point to note is that each time I have flown from Dalaman, I have been delayed by at least 1 hour, which can be frustrating when you just want to get home.
I particularly liked the new waiting rooms as they are all sectioned off separately by glass and are effectively all gate numbers so travellers can wait in there rather than the main waiting room which is good. They have comfortable seating areas and toilets in each section as well as a coffee stall selling drink and food so customers will not need to leave the gate and could wait there without the usual hassle of hundreds of people.
Also, as the fast food junkie that I am, I was excited to see both a McDonalds and a KFC in the airport. But one of the major downfalls about Dalaman airport is its prices! Obviously in places such as airports, customers will be expecting to pay slightly more but for a Big Mac meal last time I visited (2010) it cost me £12.99 which I think is ridiculous!
Overall then, this airport is a decent one, certainly a massive improvement on what it used to be like. It is clean, the staff are friendly, all the amenities are there so couldn't ask for much more really. However, my one piece of advice would be to either make sure you eat before you go to the airport or take food in with you if possible due to the prices. But otherwise there aren't really any faults with it and it's a pleasant beginning and end to your holiday.
Summary: Decent airport overall, got all the facilites you need with just couple of minor downfalls