Çukurova Regional Airport

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Çukurova Regional Airport

Çukurova Bölgesel Havalimanı
Summary
Airport typePublic/Civil
OwnerDHMI
OperatorState Airports Administration (Turkish: Devlet Hava Meydanları İşletmesi (DHMİ))
ServesAdana, Mersin, Osmaniye
LocationTarsus, Mersin
Elevation AMSL6 m / 19 ft
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
3,500 11,482 Concrete
3,500 11,482 Concrete

Çukurova Regional Airport (Turkish: Çukurova Bölgesel Havalimanı) is a projected airport to be built in Tarsus district of Mersin Province, southern Turkey. It will serve the provinces Mersin and Adana as well as the rest of Çukurova Region.[1]

Çukurova region[edit]

Çukurova is a region in mid south Turkey which includes the historical Cilicia of the antiquity. The Turkish provinces of Adana, Mersin, Osmaniye as well as a part of Hatay are in Çukurova. At the present all these provinces are served by Adana Şakirpaşa Airport in the urban fabric of Adana city. But the increasing air traffic necessitates a higher capacity airport.

Location[edit]

The new airport will be constructed at the west of Karasavran village between Çiçekli and Kargılı in Tarsus district of Mersin Province. The distance from the airport to Yenice, the main railroad junction is 7 km (4.3 mi), to Çukurova Motorway is 14 km (8.7 mi) and to Tarsus is about 20 km (12 mi). The airport is also close to another project, the Kazanlı Coast Tourism Project, within the scope of Tourism centers of Mersin Province.[2]

The project[edit]

The construction contract was signed on 26 January 2012. According to a statement made by Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Communications, Maritime affairs and Telecommunications, it is a build-operate-transfer project. The undertaker is a consortium of "Skyline" and "Zonguldak Özel Sivil Havacılık". The construction will be finished in 20 months. The builders have the right to operate the airport for a term of nine years and ten months.[1] The minister added that the airport will have international status and will so help to increase the export of the region and the number of tourists.[3]

According to the newspaper Hürriyet, the project's cost will be 357 million Euro. When finished, it will serve to 15 million people, and the capacity will be doubled in the future.[4]

Groundbreaking[edit]

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 28 May 2013.[5] In the ceremony, the Binali Yıldırım explained that the location of the airport has been carefully chosen to serve both Adana and Mersin.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "News from Turkey-Private sector to build second airport in southern Turkey". Invest. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  2. ^ "Çukurova Bölgesel Havaalanı Projesi" (in Turkish). Tarsus. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  3. ^ "Çukurova Havaalanı sözleşmesi imzalandı" (in Turkish). Ihlas agency. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  4. ^ "Çukurova Havaalanı 357 milyon Euro'ya yapılacak 30 milyon yolcuyu bulacak". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  5. ^ Airtimes news (in Turkish)

Coordinates: 36°53′59″N 35°03′46″E / 36.89967°N 35.06287°E / 36.89967; 35.06287