6/15/2015

Turkey’s first airport on an island lures Gulf investors

Star – The recently commissioned Ordu-Giresun Airport, built on an artificial island off the coast of Ordu province in the Black Sea region, has attracted Arab investors looking for real estate and tourism opportunities in the province’s lush green plateaus.


Investors from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar paid a visit to Ordu Governor Irfan Balkanlioglu, who said that the new airport greatly enhanced the region’s touristic appeal. “In opening a new gateway to the Black Sea coast, Ordu-Giresun Airport has proven its worth as a tourism booster,” the Governor said. Investors from the Gulf are mainly interested in holiday resorts and housing projects, and the availability of direct flights from many parts of the world offers great advantages in that regard, according to Balkanlioglu.


Ordu-Giresun Airport is the first of its kind in Turkey and in Europe, built on an artificial island spanning 1,770,000 square meters. The airport will serve both Ordu and Giresun provinces, with a capacity of 3 million passengers per year.


In addition to Istanbul, Turkey’s Black Sea coast, famous for its greenery and temperate climate, is popular with Arab tourists who visit the region in droves.

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