Today’s Zaman - The government is expecting to finalize the construction of seven new airports in Turkey before the beginning of 2013, officials have informed Today’s Zaman.
The General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) is responsible for the construction of the new airports, at a total investment cost of USD 550 million. Speaking to Today’s Zaman on Saturday in Antalya, where he participated in a meeting to discuss upcoming projects, DHMI General Manager Orhan Birdal said they plan to open four of the new airports by the end of this year.
The four airports -Hakkari-Yuksekova, Sirnak-Cizre, Bingol and Igdir- are currently under construction. The remaining three airports will be in Adana-Mersin, Afyon-Kutahya and Ordu-Giresun regions. The Cukurova Airport will serve Mersin and Adana, while Zafer Airport will host passengers from Afyon and Kütahya.