Turkey starts construction of metro line to Istanbul's new airport

Turkish authorities have started the construction of a metro line from Istanbul's financial district of Gayrettepe to the new Istanbul Airport, Sabah daily said on Sunday.

The new airport, one of the mega projects that have become a hallmark of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule, has been the subject of criticism in Turkey over its build quality and location.

"We didn’t neglect the transportation issue when we built the new Istanbul Airport. Besides bus transportation from the city, we have started construction of a metro line which is linked to all (Istanbul’s) public transportation," Sabah quoted Erdoğan as saying during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Istanbul airport is located on the Black Sea coast of the city. Passengers can currently take a one-and-a-half-hour bus ride to the airport or pay an estimated 100-150 lira ($17-25) to taxis from central neighbourhoods.

Some 52.6 million passengers, including 12.7 million domestic passengers, used Istanbul Airport in 2019, Sabah said.