658,000 trees facing chop for new Istanbul airport

The six-runway hub will be 'biggest in world'

16 April, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 16 - Turkey's environment ministry let it be known Tuesday that 658,000 trees stand to be felled during the construction of Istanbul's third airport, near the Black Sea. Turkish newspaper Zaman reported the figures, citing the project's Environmental Impact Assessment.

    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last year that the airport will be built in the northern, European part of the 15 million strong city, in Yenikoy and Akpinar, on lake Terkos.

    "It will be the largest airport in the world", said Turkey's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim of the hub, which has six runways and a 150 million per year passenger capacity.

    As well as this the airport is expected to create 100,000 jobs.

    The Environmental Impact Assessment says that work will be carried out over 7,650 hectares, and that 80% of this is forest.

    Not only will 658,000 trees be chopped down, but around 70 animal species that today live in forests in the area could disappear. Istanbul has already two international airports - Ataturk on the European side, which caters to 37 million passengers per year, and Sabiha Gokcen on the Asiatic, which services around 13 million.(ANSAmed).

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