1 Million TL Contribution to Regional Economy
After the take-off runway on 1200 m on Mount Babadağ was completed and forest road from the runway was opened, paragliding for 12 months is more likely now. For the project carried out by Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry and support of Southern Aegean Development Agency, 4 km road to the top of Mount Babadağ was covered with paving stones to make transportation easier and more comfortable.
The runway on 1200 m was opened with an official ceremony.
Since the tourism season is short in Fethiye, there is an increase in the number of unemployed youths, recess in economic life and bad effect on social life so extending tourism season became more likely with trekking and cycling roads arranged with the initiatives of Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry and now a new runway on 1200 m has been opened to enable paragliding flights for 12 months a year.
The runway on 1200 m of Mount Babadağ is to be on service when the top of Mount Babadağ gets cloudy and transportation is not possible in winter days. The Project “Our Route Mount Babadağ” prepared by Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry received a grant of 742.382 TL from Southern Aegean Development Agency (shortly known as GEKA) for Alternative Tourism Financial Support Program. In order to enable paragliding in cloudy weather, Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also donated 247.460 TL for contribution and making flights continue. Apart from the runway on 1200 m and road construction works of Fethiye Forestry Department, a forest road passing from the runway was also opened. The forest road which was opened on the southern side of Mount Babadağ reaches the runway on 1200 m of Mount Babadağ and makes it easier to respond to any fire.
There is no forest fire road on the mentioned direction. On the other hand, 4 km road near the top of Mount Babadağ was covered with paving stones to make flights easier and more comfortable. After these arrangements, holiday-makers will not have to deal with bad weather conditions when they would like to fly from Mount Babadağ. Mount Babadağ has become an attraction centre with the covering of the road to the top of the mountain with paving stones. As the take-off runway on the top of Mount Babadağ got cloudy in 2014 tourism season, the number of flights estimated to have reached nearly 5 thousand from the runway on 1200 m. The flights bring contribution of nearly 1 million TL to the regional economy.