Rize Artvin Airport: Turkey’s engineering marvel

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By News Center

Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil
Karaismailoglu posted a time-lapse video of the new Rize-Artvin
Airport’s construction phase on Twitter, describing it as an
engineering marvel, Yeni Shafak has reported.

Each stage of the construction of the terminal buildings and the
teacup-shaped air traffic control tower of Rize-Artvin Airport were
recorded.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani
counterpart Ilham Aliyev jointly inaugurated Rize-Artvin Airport,
Turkey’s 58th airport on May 14.

The foundation of Rize-Artvin Airport, which was constructed on
a 1000-hectare area in Yesilkoy, Rize’s Pazar district, was laid on
April 3, 2017, by the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry.

In line with the project, some 3 million square meters of the
sea were filled using 100 million tons of stone. The airport, which
will serve 3 million people per year and cost 4.4 billion TL ($275
million) to build, was finished five years.

Turkey’s second and the world’s fifth sea-filled airport, has a
total indoor space of 47,133 square meters, including a 32,000
square meter terminal building and other auxiliary facilities.

The construction of Turkey’s 58th airport’s terminal buildings
was inspired by local architecture with its 36-meter-high tower
being in a teacup shape.

Turkey now has 58 airports, thanks to the opening of Rize-Artvin
Airport, which was built on a 3 million square meter area.
Rize-Artvin Airport, after Ordu-Giresun Airport, is the second
airport in Turkey and the fifth in the world to be built by filling
the sea. The airport’s runway, apron, taxiway, and other
infrastructure work had been completed, Karaismailoglu said
earlier.

He underlined that test flights started in early April. With its
45-meter-wide and 3,000-meter-long runway, the project will fully
meet the regional airline transportation needs and will be able to
serve 3 million passengers per year.

“We are talking about an enormous structure with a total indoor
area of 47,133 square meters, including the 32,000 square meters
terminal building and other support buildings. We also erected the
terminal building, which represents local architecture, and the
tower, which is 36 meters high and is inspired by a shape of a tea
glass that contains vestiges of the regional cultural features. Our
tower, with its lighted body, will add to the region’s silhouette
new energy,” the minister said.

Significant measures have been taken to improve the landscape of
Rize-Artvin Airport, which is one of the world’s rare examples of
its technical and construction features. Some 49,000 square meters
area has been vegetated with 1,453 trees that are compatible with
the geographical features of the Black Sea and a tea museum has
been established to introduce Rize tea to the rest of the world,
Karaismailoglu emphasized.

He highlighted that the airport will provide uninterrupted
domestic and international air transportation to the Eastern Black
Sea region, Rize and Artvin, as well as will open the natural
beauties of the region to world tourism. In other words, it will
contribute to the country’s economy by properly using the tourism
potential.

“It will provide the transportation needs of the eastern Black
Sea region, where road transportation is difficult due to its
geographical features, in a faster and more comfortable way, and
will establish a transportation point for passengers going to the
eastern Black Sea region and Georgia from domestic destination and
abroad,” the minister stressed.

The project will both support the political and economic
relations between Turkey and the regional countries and increase
the investment potential of the region by accelerating the
socio-economic and socio-cultural development, he added.

During the building phase, the airport contributed 56 various
sectors directly or indirectly, and it will continue to do so
during the operational phase. During the building phase, the
project contributed $556 million to the national economy, employed
28,100 people with over 1.2 billion dollars in revenues,
Karaismailoglu underlined.

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