Turkey joins edges of third Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul

Turkish leaders mark country’s latest major transportation achievement of joining third Bosphorus bridge's two edges on Sunday

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, ministers, and high-ranking officials attend the ceremony of joining two edges of Turkey’s largest metropolitan city’s third bridge in Istanbul on March 6, 2016.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu marked Turkey’s latest major transportation achievement of third Bosphorus bridge's joining of edges on Sunday afternoon.

Erdogan stated that most people at the beginning of the project disregarded their pledge to build a new major bridge in Istanbul, which will join European and Asian continents, during the ceremony on the bridge.

“[We said] This will be an important message to the world. On our right side, [our feed] are on the Black Sea and through Bosphorus we have been opening to the Marmara [Sea],” Erdogan said.

“In such a place only the people who think great are able to realise such great projects,” he declared.

Turkey’s largest metropolitan city’s third bridge is set to open in August, Turkish Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim informed during the ceremony.

Yildirim had previously indicated that another major project of Turkey, which is the Istanbul’s third airport, will be planned to be partly activated in February 2018.

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, currently flying to over more than 200 international destinations.

TRTWorld and agencies