Istanbul, metro line to the airport

Metro to Istanbul airport to enter into service in November

The new metro will link Istanbul with its main airport in just half an hour, and will also allow connection to Sabiha Gökçen.

The metro line between Istanbul Airport and the Bosphorus metropolis will be inaugurated at the end of November, as confirmed by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey, Adil Karaismailoğlu, who assures that the trip from Taksim to the main airport of the city will last only half an hour.

Speaking to the CNN Türk news network, Karaismailoğlu explained that the Istanbul Airport-Kağıthane-Gayrettepe metro line will be 37.5 kilometres long in total, and that the section between the international airport and Kağıthane (on the outskirts of Istanbul) “will be inaugurated at the end of November”.

The inauguration of this section will also allow, through interconnections with other metro lines and crossing the Bosphorus through the Marmaray underwater tunnel, to connect with the metro line between Pendik and the Asian airport of Sabiha Gökçen, inaugurated precisely on October 2. That is: it will be possible to travel by metro from one airport to another, in less than two hours.

As for the remaining section between Kağıthane and Gayrettepe, which will allow connection to the city centre, it will be opened 6 months later, according to the minister. Regarding the alternative line that will connect the airport with Halkalı, to the west of Istanbul, Karaismailoğlu pointed out that it is a 32-kilometre-long line that will serve a highly populated area of ​​the city, and that he hopes it can be completed in the first six months of 2023.

“Istanbul Airport has a capacity of 120 million passengers a year… That is why this metro line will be one of the fastest in the world,” Karaismailoğlu assured, adding that the metro to Istanbul Airport will travel in some sections at a speed of 120 km/h, thanks also to the fact that the line will have few stops. “One will be able to go from Istanbul Airport to Taksim in just half an hour,” the Turkish minister added.