Istanbul, new metro line

The metro to the new Istanbul airport will begin its tests this month

The new metro line will connect the city centre and Istanbul airport in just half an hour at 120 kilometres per hour.

The first convoy of the new metro line between Gayrettepe (Beşiktaş, Istanbul) and the new Istanbul airport is now ready and has been placed on the tracks of the new suburban route to start the tests, which are scheduled to start at the end of September.

“We have completed the manufacture of the first convoy that will transfer commuters to the airport from the city centre in just half an hour,” Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismailoğlu, announced in a statement, highlighting that while speed peak in the city’s metro lines is 80 kilometres per hour, the line that will connect the centre with the airport will reach 120 kilometres per hour.

The new Gayrettepe – Istanbul Airport line will have nine stops along a 37.5-kilometre route, Karaismailoğlu said in the statement, adding that “construction work for this large project is being carried out 24/7, divided into three shifts”. For now, the first convoy will carry out the tests between the Göktürk and Kağıthane stations, with another 10 expected to be built by the end of the year.

“For the first time in a subway project in Turkey, 10 drilling machines have been used at the same time,” underlined the minister, adding that “when completed, it will transfer 600,000 people a day from the city centre to the airport in just 35 minutes.”

Karaismailoğlu also wanted to emphasise the importance of the new metro line to Istanbul airport for Turkish industry: “The metro line (…) will increase our local convoy production capacity with our own resources… Istanbul is an important global city in the country, and we will strengthen it even more with this metro line,” the minister concluded.