Posted on 12 November 2010
Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas has given the green light for a third airport in the Silviri district to the west of Istanbul. Massive growth in traffic to both Istanbul Ataturk and Sabiha Gökçen has triggered a series of projects to expand the city’s air-traffic capacity, the third airport being the biggest of those projects.
"These plans have been made in cooperation with the Transportation Ministry. They want to increase the capacity of the current airports in a short period of time. There is an additional runway at Sabiha Gökçen. We are considering building another runway at Ataturk Airport. But we have added a third airport to our plans," said Kadir Topbas.
Some 30million passengers landed at the Istanbul’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk airport in 2009, and it is set for an increase this year. According to data the number of passengers flying into Ataturk in the first four months of this year increased 13% compared to the same period of last year.
The smaller Sabiha Gökçen is also seeing growth. Home to most of the city’s low-cost-carrier fleet, the airport is expected to welcome over 11 million passengers this year.
The new airport could boost property markets not only in Istanbul, but throughout Turkey. The benefits to the Istanbul market are obvious, but increasing Istanbul’s air capacity will increase the availability of connecting flights to airports throughout Turkey. Indirect flights are often chosen by people looking to save money, but they are also necessary for people who can’t find direct flights, thus the new airport could increase accessibility of markets throughout Turkey.