There are already two airports in Istanbul, Ataturk Airport (IST) in European continent and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) at Asian side. Third airport is planned to build at Black Sea cost at the European side, and bids for the tender will be given on May 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 (CET). Tender will be held in closed bidding procedure and by ‘build-operate-transfer model’. It is expected to cost 7 billion euros with 342 million passenger guarantee for 11 years and bidders will compete at the tendering process for the rent to be paid to the DHMİ (Directorate General of State Airports Authority) by considering the 25 years of operation period.
Minister YILDIRIM reported that: “Construction is expected to be completed within 42 months after the award of contract and delivery of estate. When the airport reached full capacity it will be the largest airport in the world based on the passenger capacity”. Initial capacity will be 90 million passengers and extending eventually to 150 million passengers per year. There will be three runways for simultaneous use and total terminal area will be 1.400.000 m2 at the final level. Jobs to be created will be 80 thousand during the construction period, and 120 thousands after that, in average.
Ergun UNUTMAZ, 25/01/2013