Antalya International Airport (IATA: AYT, ICAO: LTAI) is located 13 km north-east of Antalya's city centre. Antalya has fast become a much sought after destination with holidaymakers from all around the world who flock to the region from Europe, Russia and the Middle East during the summer and winter seasons. In 2015, Antalya airport handled 27,724,249 passengers, more than 20.8 million of which were made up of international passengers, making it the second busiest airport in Turkey behind Istanbul's Atatürk airport and the fifteenth busiest airport in Europe. Antalya airport boasts two international terminals and one domestic terminal. Antalya is one of the major airports on the South-west region of Turkey, the others being Bodrum and Dalaman.
Antalya International Airport was officially opened in 1960 with a relatively small terminal building handling domestic flights. Development within the domestic and International tourism sector rapidly increased from 1987, and the airport was expanded to accommodate the millions of passengers who come to Turkey's stunning Mediterranean beaches in summer. Construction on International Terminal 1 began in 1996 by Bayındir Holding and was inaugurated on the 1st of April, 1998.
Antalya airport has received numerous distinctions, accolades and awards;
In July 2011, Antalya airport was voted as Best European Airport in the category 10-25 million passengers by Airports Council International (ACI).
In 2012, the "International Gold Star Award“ awarded by the BID (Business Initiative Directions).
It also received the ACI-certification level 3 "optimisation", under the "Airport Carbon Accreditation" program
In 2003, Antalya airport handled 10 million passengers, representing an increase of 78% since 1998. According to ACI statistics, Antalya Airport was ranked 30th in 2005, 2008 and 2009 for international passenger traffic.
In 2009, AYT managed to hold on to 30th position with a total of 15,210,733 international passengers passing through Antalya airport.
By the end of 2010, Antalya climbed to 23rd position with over 18 Million international passengers. Today, Antalya airport occupies a total land area of approximately 13.000.000 m2.
The distance between city centre and Antalya Airport is 13 km. Other tourism centres/regions within close proximity to the city of Antalya are; Kemer 57 km, Finike 125 km, Kaş 200 km, Kalkan 229 km to the west and Belek 30 km Manavgat 65 km and Alanya 125 km located east of Antalya.
Liberty Hotels Lara is located 15 Km from the Airport, and 30 minutes from Antalya's city centre. It is not simply a resort hotel, but a resort hotel hosting weddings, conferences and special events.
Thanks to the Liberty Hotels Lara's close proximity to Antalya's famous historical old town, commercial centres, shopping Malls, attractions, historical sights, PGA golf courses and areas of natural scenic beauty, the Liberty Hotels Lara is designed to not only serve the mass tourism market/sector but also; major overseas professional football teams, short stay travellers, golf enthusiasts, and during the winter hosts numerous meetings and seminars for our domestic business community.