Government to build new airports

Hurriyet Daily News - As governments worldwide up spending to stimulate their economies, infrastructure becomes a key area, a trend vividly displayed at the “Türkiye Infrastructure and Green Energy Investment and Finance Summit 2009” held in Istanbul. The Turkish government is planning to build new airports, according to Habib Soluk, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Transport and Communication, who participated in the summit. "We are working on the Zafer Airport, which will serve the region of Kutahya, Afyon and Usak" said Soluk. "We have purchased the land for the airport through the barter system. Now we are preparing the project. We will work within the framework of the build-operate-transfer model. One of our aims is to make the area available for thermal tourism. Then we can have international flights, too." Another project the ministry is working on is an airport in the region of Cukurova in southern Anatolia. "There is already an airport in Adana but it is not big enough" said Soluk. "We will build a new one between Mersin and Adana." Soluk said the southeastern and eastern Anatolian provinces of Hakkari, Igdir, Bingol and Sirnak are next in line. "In Hakkari, we will be ready for the tender within 20-30 days. We expect to finish the airport in 18 months. Edremit airport will also be completed within one year."