If you want to escape the sun, sea and sand holiday makers and experience Türkiye’s more traditional side, then this is the region for you. A crossroads of civilizations since biblical times and much earlier. Recent discoveries at Göbekli Tepe have led to a complete re-evaluation of early human settlements, the mighty Euphrates and Tigris Rivers rise here, the Syriac monasteries in Mardin and Midyat still chant in Aramaic. The summers are long and dry. As the region is perfect for agriculture, you won’t be surprised that the best kebabs and vegetables are part of everyday life as you feast on the local cuisine.
Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport
- Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport (GZT) is a public airport in Gaziantep in South Eastern Türkiye. Inaugurated in 1976, it is 20 km from the city. Gaziantep Airport achieved international airport status in 2006. The passenger terminal covers an area of 5,799 m² and has a parking lot for 400 cars. It's one of the bigger airports in Türkiye. Havaş airport buses provide transport between the airport and the city.
- There are domestic flights by various domestic operators to İstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Ankara, Bursa, Antalya and İzmir and, by Turkish Airlines, to İstanbul Airport. There are flights to Ercan in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. There are seasonal international flights to many German Cities plus Swiss Cities, Erbil, Baghdad, Vienna and London-Luton.
- Diyarbakır Airport (DIY) is a military airbase and public airport located in Diyarbakır, South Eastern Türkiye.
- There are domestic flights by various domestic operators to İstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Ankara, Bursa, Antalya and İzmir and, by Turkish Airlines, to İstanbul Airport. There are flights to Ercan in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. There are seasonal international flights to Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Hannover and Frankfort.
Şanlıurfa GAP Airport
- Şanlıurfa GAP Airport (GNY) is an airport located in Şanlıurfa Province, South Eastern Türkiye. It is located 33.9 km north-east of the city centre of Şanlıurfa. The airport is part of the South-eastern Anatolia Project (Güneydoğu Anadolu Projesi, known as "GAP"), a regional development project in the area of the Atatürk Dam. The new airport is known as the "GAP airport" because it is designed to service the workers in the GAP project as well as the city of Şanlıurfa. The airport facilities include cafes, car hire offices, and airline ticket offices, but almost all facilities, including even the taxi rank, are staffed only when flights are due.
- The airport operates special flights to Saudi Arabia during Hajj and Umrah season to Jeddah Airport and Medina Airport.
- There are domestic flights by AnadoluJet to İstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, and Ankara, by Pegasus Airlines to İstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir and Ankara, by Turkish Airlines to İstanbul Airport and by (seasonally) by Onur Air to İstanbul.