Shannon Airport’s summer sun services have received a welcome boost for 2013 with the announcement that Turkey holiday specialists WingsAbroad are to double their flights from the end of May next year.

The charter flights to Turkey will now operate for the full summer season, starting one month earlier than last year and finishing in late September.

The increase in services, which will see the number of seats available rise to 6,000 next year, is on the back of an extremely successful first summer season for WingsAbroad at Shannon.

Commenting on the announcement WingsAbroad Managing Director Tayfun Gokpinar said: “I am delighted with the success of our Shannon service to Bodrum this summer and due to the large support we received from the travel trade and our customers in the region we have decided to extend our programme next summer which will effectively double the number of flights and passengers that we operate at Shannon Airport.

“WingsAbroad has a large customer base in the Shannon and Munster region

and to be able to offer our customers more flights is fantastic. We introduced the route this year and thanks to all the support received from our customers and Shannon Airport we are now able to invest further in the Shannon market.”

Declan Power, Aviation Business Development at Shannon Airport stated: “We have worked very closely with WingsAbroad this season to ensure the success of the service and we are delighted with this increase in capacity to a very popular destination next summer with Wings Abroad.

“This extra sun destination capacity means that customers can avoid the inconvenience and arduous trek associated with travelling from other airports.”The weekly charter programme will offer holiday packages as well as a seat only option for customers wishing to visit their own holiday properties in this region of Turkey. With the Shannon flight, holidaymakers will be able to explore Bodrum itself as well as Gumbet, Bitez, Altinkum, Marmaris and Kusadasi.

Bodrum is a peninsular and versatile city that addresses all holiday tastes, from those seeking an ancient, historic urban centre with old castle, mausoleum and amphitheatre to others looking for a more modern, trendy destination complete with some of Turkey’s best restaurants and night life.

Situated in the Southwestern Aegean region of Turkey, Bodrum was the site in ancient times of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.  It has average summer temperatures in the low to mid 30°s.

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