Today’s Zaman - Turkey has begun preparations for the country’s first airport privatizations. Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım stated on Wednesday that the ministry is considering the handover of some Turkish airports to the private sector next year.
In Ankara, Yıldırım explained that the ministry is deciding on how to begin privatizing airports. “We will implement policies towards a more liberalized aviation sector. The privatization process will be started in groups of two or three airports at a time. In this way, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey (DHMI) will have the opportunity to focus more carefully on issues such as flight safety and airport security,” Yıldırım explained.
According to Yıldırım, the ministry is planning to privatize either the three airports in Samsun, Sinop and Tokat as one package, or the airports in Samsun and Nevsehir as two separate projects. A spokesman from the transportation ministry said that work on privatizing the airports in 2011 is still continuing and more information will be available shortly.