SIRNAK (AA) - August 7, 2012 - Sirnak airport is going to serve in 4 months.
Residents of the southeastern province of Sirnak and visitors reach the region via Diyarbakir or Mardin airports, 300 km away from Sirnak. However in four months time, the 500-passenger capacity airport will be in use and contribute to its tourism and economy.
Sirnak Governor Vahdettin Ozkan told AA on Tuesday that the Sirnak airport will be only 60 km away from the city centre and 13 km away from the Cizre district and added that the construction of the airport will conclude at the end of this year. He stressed that the 77 million Turkish liras worth airport will be a major solution to the city's visitors and said, "Sirnak airport will add dynamism to the faith and potential natural life tourism in the region. It will also play an effective role on the transportation between Turkey and Middle East."
Vesi Demir, the representative of the construction company, the Dogusan Dogru, stated that the 3,600 metre long runway is being built in international standards.
Chairman of the Cizre Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Adnan Elci, said that the Sirnak airport will be only 73 km away from Iraq and said, "Turkey's annual exports to Iraq has reached 8 billion USD. Businessmen used to take long highway routes however now they can reach Sirnak from Istanbul in just two hours time, then in an hour time they will be in Iraq. That is why, Sirnak airport will contribute to exports. Northern Iraqis will use the airport often."
Reporting by Ozgur Ayaydin