Today’s Zaman - An agreement for the construction of Zafer Airport, which will be the fourth largest airport in Turkey, was signed at a ceremony held in Ankara yesterday.
The build-operate-transfer (BOT) deal was signed by Turkey’s Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim, State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMI) Head Orhan Birdal and IC Ictas Holding Chairman Ibrahim Cecen. IC Ictas was the winning bidder of the tender to build the airport. The airport will have a 2 million passenger capacity and is expected to be built in the central-western province of Kutahya’s Altıntas area in three years.
The Zafer Airport project is the first example of a new airport being built using the BOT model. Previously the state used the BOT model to expand or modernize existing facilities, but the current airport project will be constructed from scratch under BOT. IC Holding will operate the airport for nearly 30 years.