Turkey has been devastated by tornados this week, with the southern province of Antalya enduring much damage. Antalya is a resort city highly popular with Britons keen to escape to the Mediterranean. Shocking video footage captured the fifth Tornado in four days hitting Antalya’s international airport. The alarming clip shows the 100kmph twister rampaging cross the airport causing havoc in its wake.
Planes can be seen propelled from the force of the tornado while two buses and a minibus are completely flipped.
Two sets of airstairs are toppled in the video from the strength of the high winds.
Debris can also be seen hurled across the airport as the twister shifts.
Authorities said 12 people were injured in the tornado when a bus transferring passengers to the plane was overturned. None are believed to be in a critical condition.
The shocking footage of the tornado was captured by travellers at the airport.
Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu told Turkish news channel NTV two planes and a police helicopter suffered significant damage in the storm.
An Airbus A321-231 belonging to Onur Air, and a Boeing 737-MAX8 belonging to Corendon Airline were the two planes damaged.
After the storm, authorities surveyed the damaged and cleaned up the airport to avoid further delays, Karaloğlu said.
He told Daily Sabah yesterday he hoped the worst was now over and air traffic had returned to normal.
A total of 229 buildings had sustained damage due to the extreme weather, Environment and Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum said.
Tornados in Turkey are a rare occurrence and tend to be sighted at sea rather than on land.
Turkey holidays are rocketing in popularity with Britons thanks to the low prices available in the Middle Eastern country.
The annual Post Office Holiday Money Report revealed the renewed popularity of Turkey is the most striking travel trend of the year.
This comes after the Turkish lira collapsed in value last year meaning Britons’ pounds can go further in Turkey, making for much cheaper holidays.
The ongoing weakness of the Turkish lira means holidaymakers can expect their pounds to stretch almost 29 per cent further in Turkey than a year ago.
Marmaris, a Mediterranean resort town along the Turkish Riviera, is in the top three cheapest European beach destinations. Prices have fallen 18.7 per cent since last year.
According to Post Office figures, a cup of filter coffee costs just 96p in Turkey compared to £1.91 in Mexico or £2.30 in Greece.