Turkish authorities have said they started work on a plan for the construction of a new subway line to Istanbul’s third airport, the first section of which is planned to open by the beginning of 2018.
A new 65-km-long subway line will be built from central Istanbul to the airport. The first Gayrettepe line will be 34 km long and be completed with another line, the 31-km-long Halkal? line.
The subway line, starting from Gayrettepe, will take around 26 minutes from one end to the other.
Gayrettepe, where the existing subway, metrobus and bus lines currently meet, will be the main transfer point for both the Asian and European sides, according to officials.
There is currently no sea or subway transportation to the airport site from the city center.
The construction of the subway line was undertaken by the ministry in line with a cabinet decision, which was published in the Official Gazette on Sept. 1.