Turkey: report, "planned Istanbul airport not feasible"

Takeoffs and landings are impossible according to experts

10 December, 12:04

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 10 - The lowering of the ground level of Istanbul's third airport from 105 to 70 meters has rendered takeoffs and landings impossible, dail Today's Zaman writes quoting a recent report from the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects' Chamber (TMMOB). The ground level for the airport was initially set at 105 meters, however it was lowered to 70 after construction had begun. "If the airport's runways are built according to a 70 meter ground level, it will be theoretically impossible for plans to land and take off, according to the evaluations based on simulations by flight engineers and specialists," said TMMOB spokesperson Suleyman Solmaz. Land Survey Engineers' Chamber (HKMO) member Selin Bostan said that the lowered ground level would result in planes running into the Northern Marmara highway while taking off.

    Underlining that another crucial problem is the strong winds coming from the Black Sea side of the planned airport, Bostan said the Turkish Aviation Board (THK) has already declared that it cannot confirm the feasibility of the airport project.

    The 22 million euro tender for the third Istanbul airport was won by the Limak-Cengiz-Kolin-Mapa-Kalyon joint partnership in 2013. Mehmet Cengiz, owner of Cengiz Holding, is known to be close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Cengiz was among the suspects in the corruption investigation that went public on December 25, 2013. The project has been criticized as being environmentally harmful because the construction site is in a forested area and hundreds of thousands of trees are expected to be cut down to make way for the new airport. Environmentalists are also concerned about the impact that the construction will have on the area's diverse population of various species of birds and wild animals.(ANSAmed).

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