It is expected that the new Istanbul International Airport, which is located in the European section of Istanbul, to be connected with Sabiha Gokcen International Airport which is in the Asian section of the city by a high-speed train passing through Sultan Yavuz Selim Bridge, which connects the two sides of the city over the Bosphorus. This train is part of the huge Transcontinental Silk Road Railway Project.
The Yavuz Selim bridge was inaugurated in August 2016 and it is an extension of the northern Marmara highway. The bridge connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul over the land for the third time after the bridges of Fatih Sultan Mehmet and the 15 July Martyrs Bridge.
The bridge and highway, which now provide the comfort, time and opportunity to save, are the fastest route to Istanbul Airport, the new face of Turkey to the world. In the light of the projects expected, this highway will be supplied by a railway with a speed train, which will increase upon entry into the railway network linking Istanbul to each other.
The two airports will be integrated into Istanbul via uninterrupted flights between the two continents through the Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, which is of utmost importance to the Turkish economy. The high-speed rail link will connect Istanbul Airport and the Gokcen Airport Plateau with long transport links.
According to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Jahid Turhan, the survey and projects related to the railway line which will be implemented within the scope of the Silk Road Railway project have been completed.
Minister Turhan continued saying “We will also implement a railway project for Kogaili city and it is the railway bridge project of Gebze – Sabiha Gokcen Airport– Sultan Yavuz Selim – Istanbul Airport– Halkali Railway Station”.
As the minister said “This line will be one of the most important links in the European part of the Silk Road railway that runs through our country. We have completed 118 kilometers of this project and are planning to participate in the construction tender within the budget.”
The distance between the two airports will be limited to 45 minutes, according to the newspaper Hurriet. In this way passengers will be able to travel between airports easily and at a low cost of transportation for their domestic flights. Where the internal flight fees via Sabiha Airport are cheaper than at the new Istanbul airport.