Minister says new Istanbul airport, bridge on course

Turkey’s transport minister says first section of Istanbul's third airport is planned to be opened in February 2018, while metropolitan's new bridge is expected to open in August 2016

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Turkish Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim speaks during Anadolu Agency Editors’ Desk in Ankara on Feb. 24.

The first section of Istanbul’s third airport will open in February 2018, while Turkey’s largest metropolitan city’s third bridge is all set to open in August, Turkish transport minister said on Wednesday.

In remarks made during Anadolu Agency Editors’ Desk in Ankara, Turkish Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The first section of the new airport will cost €10.3 billion and have the capacity to host 90 million passengers annually.”

The Cengiz-Kolin-Limak-Mapa-Kalyon consortium, a joint venture of Turkish companies, won a tender to build the third airport in Istanbul in 2013, which promises to pay the government €22.1 billion for 25 years starting from 2017.

Boasting a 150-million passenger annual capacity, the airport is expected to become one of the biggest in the world and the biggest air transfer hub in Europe.​ The airport will also act as a focal point for Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines, which is one of the fastest growing airline companies in the world, flying currently to over more than 200 international destinations.

Yildirim also informed that Istanbul's third bridge will be ready to be put into service in August.

“The bridge’s silhouette will appear in five to 10 days and it will be ready along with its link roads by August,” Yildirim announced.

Yildirim has paid attention to recent problems to reach financial sources in Turkey where the access to financial world has become more difficult than other developed countries.

He has indicated that the country’s mega projects would not be affected negatively by these developments because the public-private partnership continues to be attractive in the country through external financing.

TRTWorld, AA