Turkey is preparing to open its 52nd airport – this time on an artificial island, making it the world’s first such facility outside of the Far East as Anadolu Agency reported. Ordu-Giresun Airport has been built at sea off the shore of the northern provin

Turkey's first artificial-island airport opens

Turkey’s first artificial-island airport opens


Turkey is preparing to open its 52nd airport – this time on an artificial island, making it the world’s first such facility outside of the Far East as Anadolu Agency reported. Ordu-Giresun Airport has been built at sea off the shore of the northern province of Ordu. Ordu Governor Irfan Balkanlioglu confirmed on Tuesday that the airport would be opened on May 22 by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Around 35 million tons of rocks were used to fill in a 1.8 million square meter area of sea.


State-of-the-art technology is being used to prevent “wild” waves from the surrounding Black Sea damaging the airport, said Balkanlioglu. “A special material named stone mastic asphalt was used to provide a comfortable departure and landing on the runway,” he added. The construction of the artificial island – which has cost about 360 million Turkish liras (132.6 million USD) – started in July 2011. The governor said the construction of Ordu-Giresun Airport at sea was “profitable” when compared to building on the mainland, which he claimed would have cost more than the eventual price tag of 360 million Turkish liras.


Balkanlioglu said passengers would be able to buy tickets to and from the airport as of May 26.


Source:ANSAmed




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