POSTED: February 4th 2013

Istanbul 2020: Largest airport to open ahead of Olympic Games Bid

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

February 4 – The tender for the world’s largest airport, to be built in Istanbul, Turkey, has been opened, strengthening Istanbul 2020’s ability to deliver quick, comfortable, and convenient transport solutions for all athletes, and the wider Olympic family, ahead of Turkey’s largest city’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are all bidding for the 2020 Games.

Istanbul’s third airport will have six runways and an annual passenger capacity of 150 million people by  2020. The estimated time of completion of the first phase of construction is three-and-a-half years. The airport is one of five major infrastructure projects being undertaken in Istanbul as part of Turkey’s 2023 Master Plan – the nationwide programme of long-term development.

“The Istanbul 2020 team has continued to learn from our previous four bids,” Hasan Arat, leader of the Istanbul 2020 bid, said. “We have listened carefully to the Olympic family and we have extensively studied the successes of London 2012 and other host cities. We recognise that effective and efficient transport is critical for a successful Games – starting with a world-class airport.”

Istanbul 2020 will draw on the $1.5 billion average annual investment in infrastructure upgrades since 2005 by the country across two continents, and a further $15 billion to be spent on projects in the next three years. The result of the new developments will be significantly-reduced congestion and sped-up journey times for Olympic client groups. Istanbul 2020’s bid also outlines the upcoming ways to voyage between the two continents. By 2020, the Haliç Metro bridge, the Marmaray rail tunnel, the Eurasia Bosphorus road tunnel, and a third Bosphorus bride will each be completed. In total, there will be six Bosphorus road and rail crossings.

“As a President of an NOC and an International Federation, I am focused on the comfort and convenience of the athletes,” IOC Member and President of the NOC at Turkey Ugur Erdener said. “I am more than confident that this carefully-directed investment in Istanbuls transport infrastructure will enhance our ability to deliver a technically outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

“Our proposed four competition zones across two continents have been selected to highlight Istanbul’s unique location, bridging Europe and Asia, as well as to guarantee athletes an average travel time of just 16 minutes between our iconic venues.”

“The tender opening this week means that we have passed another milestone on our journey,” Arat continued. “We will continue to work hard to ensure that our ground-breaking transport initiatives will benefit Olympians, Paralympians, and the wider Olympic family. Just as importantly, Istanbul 2020 would leave a valuable legacy for citizens and guests by making the city one of the most liveable and accessible in the world.”

The winning tender for Istanbul’s third airport will be named in May.

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