Turkey to invite tenders for new Istanbul airport
ANKARA - Reuters
Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters late on
Wednesday plans for the project were now with the state planning
committee (DTP), but tender documents would be published in
August as soon as they had issued final approval.
"As soon as it comes and if this is within August we will
announce the tender. If everything goes well we will have what
we need to complete the tender by the end of the year, and take
the necessary steps for construction to begin," Yıldırım said.
The airport is due to open by 2015 with an initial capacity
to handle 90 million passengers a year, extending eventually to
150 million passengers, and three runways for simultaneous use.
Yıldırım said 80 percent of the site's land would be public
land, the rest would be bought by the state from private owners.
Turkey's privatization and infrastructure tendering
programme has been hit by a wave of delays this year as the
global funding crunch has reduced firms' ability to take on new
projects. In late June Turkey extended for the second time the
bidding deadline for a highways and bridges tender to October 31
from August 9.
In 2011 the number of tourists arriving in Turkey rose by almost 10 percent to 31.46 million. Turkey aims to host 50 million tourists a year by 2023, the centenary of the founding of the Turkish state.