Construction of new airport in Turkey's northeast 22% ready
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Construction of Turkey's new Rize-Artvin airport, which is located at the junction of the country's Rize and Artvin provinces, has been implemented by 22 percent, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey told Trend on Feb. 11.
At the first stage, one runway with length of 4,500 meters and width of 45 meters will be put into operation in the new airport.
“With the start of operation, the airport will be able to annually serve about 3 million passengers,” the ministry said.
The airport will be put into operation on Oct. 29, 2020.
Construction of the Rize-Artvin airport began in 2017 as part of the government’s 'Vision 2023' plan.
The total cost of the project is 1.78 billion Turkish liras.
The new Bayburt-Gumushane airport in Bayburt province in the north-east of Turkey will also be commissioned on Oct. 29, 2020.
The first airport in Turkey was built in 1912 and was used for military purposes.
In 1953, Istanbul's airport was opened for international flights for the first time, and in 1985 it was renamed in honor of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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