Turkey to build new airports in Istanbul, Erdogan says
Turkish PM Erdogan said that his government planned to construct several new airports in Istanbul.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that his government planned to construct several new airports in Istanbul.
Addressing the opening session of 10th Transportation Council in Istanbul, Erdogan said Turkey would invest 350 billion USD in transportation and communication in the next 25 years.
"Earlier traveling by plane was luxurious for Turkish people," Erdogan said adding that the citizens could now fly easily thanks to the steps taken by the Justice & Development (AK) Party government.
Erdogan said, "Sabiha Gokcen Airport was not in operation when AK Party government came to power. Now, this airport does not meet the needs. New terminal building will be inaugurated on October 31. However, this is not enough either. We have to construct several new airports in Istanbul."
There are currently two airports in Istanbul. Ataturk Airport is on the European side of the city and Sabiha Gokcen is on the Asian side.
Erdogan also underlined the need for a third bridge over the Istanbul Strait. "The bridge should not damage historical and natural texture of the city," he said.
Prime Minister Erdogan 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.
Erdogan said Turkey and Istanbul were the gate of the East to the West and the West to the East, noting that Turkey had been the main route of trade, migration, culture, philosophy, and intelligence throughout the history.
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