Shortly after the finalization of a 26.14-billion-euro tender for a new İstanbul airport, Turkey has laid the groundwork for a relatively smaller but critical airport in the country's flourishing south.
The construction of the new airport, called Çukurova, will serve the provinces of Mersin and Adana. Three Cabinet members attended a groundbreakıng ceremony for the new airport on Tuesday in Tarsus. The capacity of the airport will be sufficient to accommodate 30 million passengers annually. In December of 2011, a joint venture between Sky Line Havacılık and Zonguldak Özel Sivil Havacılık won a build-operate-transfer (BOT) tender for Çukurova with a 357-million-euro bid.
The construction of the airport, which will have both domestic and international terminals, is expected to take 36 months. Local officials said earlier this could be reduced to 20 months.
Some 4,500 workers will be hired for the construction of the airport.
Turkey has solicited bids on significant projects to meet its increasing air passenger demand. With the appeal of air travel increasing in Turkey, passengers flocked to airports in the first four months of this year, bringing the total number of air passengers -- domestic and international combined -- to 37.6 million between January and April.
CihanLast Mod: 29 Mayıs 2013, 10:26