Government to construct new airports in Istanbul

Prime Minister Erdogan said September 28 that his government planned to construct several new airports in Istanbul. Addressing the opening session of the10th Transportation Council in Istanbul, Erdogan said Turkey would invest 350 billion USD in transportation and communication in the next 25 years. He also said the city needs a third bridge over the Istanbul Strait. “The bridge should not damage the historical and natural texture of the city,” he said. The government started to implement a comprehensive development plan to upgrade the standards of the country and increase its competitive power, consolidating its significant place among world economies, he added.

Currently, Istanbul has two airports: Ataturk Airport on the European side and Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side. Opened in 2003, Sabiha Gokcen Airport is already exceeding its 3 million-passenger capacity. A new terminal, significantly increasing its capacity, will open October 31.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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