Turkey's Rize-Artvin Airport, the country's second airport and the world's third to be constructed on reclaimed land, will be 8 to 10 meters deeper, marking a new record, Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said yesterday.
While conducting on-site examinations at the airport construction site where efforts are ongoing, Minister Arslan said the airport is one of the most important projects in Turkey, adding that the construction of a 390-meter mole is temporarily complete, and it should be removed after the project is over.
Stressing that the airport being built will be a conventional one, Arslan said that the airport will have the capacity to hold three wide aircraft and one narrow-body aircraft on a 3,000-meter-long and 45-meter-wide runway.
He noted that the airport will be one that is worthy of the region, adding that a terminal with the capacity to accommodate 3 million people annually will be built. "It will be Turkey's second airport and the third ever in the world to be constructed on reclaimed land. The Rize-Artvin Airport will be a first in terms of depth," Minster Arslan said. "We built the Ordu-Giresun Airport on reclaimed land too, but this airport is 8 to 10 meters deeper, which is a record in itself."
Highlighting that officials aim to complete the airport quickly and to put it into the service for the entire region as well as Rize and Artvin specifically, Arslan said the people of these two prominent Turkish cities will benefit from the construction of the airport, adding that it will allow visitors to come to the region which is famous for tableland tourism in the summer and winter seasons, adding that they will have the chance to see the beauty of the eastern Black Sea region, as well.
Arslan recalled that they signed a deal with the contractor for the projected 2022 completion of the airport, stressing that both the contractor and the General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments will do their best to complete the project as soon as possible.
"We aim to finish this airport in roughly three years, on October 29, 2020, and put it into the service quickly because the people of the region are looking forward to the completion of this airport," he said, going on to note: "Especially if you consider the amount of progress our country's aviation sector has made and the fact that the Istanbul Third Airport will be commissioned next year, we, as the Ministry, want this airport to serve the world with Istanbul from the west of our country to the east. So, we will hopefully finish it in three years."
Moreover, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday announced that the construction of an airport in northeastern Gümüşhane would be completed by 2020.
"We hope to finish [the construction of] the airport, which will serve the provinces of Gümüşhane and Bayburt, by 2020," Erdoğan said while speaking at an event in Bayburt.
"With this airport, the sufferings caused by the lengthy travel time between Gümüşhane and Bayburt will be overcome," he added.
The airport is planned to be constructed in the Salyazı village of Gümüşhane which borders Bayburt.
Erdoğan said that the airport, which will be suitable for the landing of large planes, will have an annual capacity of 2 million passengers.
"The airport has a cost of TL 285 million [$73 million] and preparations regarding the project and tender for the construction of the airport are ongoing," he said.
He added that Turkey has made investments totaling more than TL 3 billion in Bayburt over the last 15 years.
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