Turkey´s Transport Minister says Istanbul´s third airport gets go ahead
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
ANKARA - An Istanbul court`s decision to suspend an environmental report that approved the construction of a third airport in the city is a temporary suspension that will not interfere with the construction of the airport, Turkey`s transportation minister said on Monday.
Turkey`s Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan answered questions by reporters regarding the court`s decision before joining AK Party´s weekly meeting in the parliament.
“This was a decision only for the temporary suspension of the environmental impact approval report. That is not the case for the airport. In no way will it affect the construction of the airport," he said.
Separately, Turkey´s General Directorate of State Airports Authority on Tuesday morning also said the building of Istanbul´s third airport will go ahead.
The court suspended the report for technical reasons, saying the government did not wait the required ten days to issue a tender for the construction of the airport and that environmental concerns put forward by residents of nearby districts have not been addressed. It also said the court is awaiting more expert environmental analysis.
Meanwhile, the Cengiz-Kolin-Limak-Mapa-Kalyon consortium of Turkish companies won a tender for the airport in May 2013, promising to pay the state 22.1 billion euros, in addition to taxes, for 25 years from 2017.
Istanbul`s third airport is expected to become one of the biggest in the world and the biggest air transfer hub in Europe.
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