About Istanbul Airport, when will the metro open?

In Istanbul, which is located at the junction of the Asian and European continents, modern and easily accessible transportation needs emerge in parallel with population growth, labor force, and growing country economy. The capacities of the existing Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports in Istanbul are insufficient day by day against the increasing domestic and international passenger demand. For this reason, “Istanbul Airport”, the foundation of which was laid on June 7, 2014, is being built on the European side of Istanbul with six independent runways in the area between Yeniköy and Akpınar villages. The first stage of the airport was put into service on October 29, 2018.

Considering an airport with passenger capacity on this scale and other living centers to be built around it, it is inevitable that the region will be supported by public transportation. Istanbul Airport Rail System Line is one of the most important metro lines planned to be built on the European side of Istanbul. With this line, the integration of the city with the important public transportation transfer centers and urban rail system lines will be ensured to provide fast and comfortable access to Istanbul Airport. The total length of the line will be approximately 70 kilometers, and the length is designed as approximately 37.5 kilometers in the direction of Gayrettepe-Istanbul Airport and 32 kilometers in the direction of Istanbul Airport-Halkalı.

GayrettepeIstanbul Airport Metro Line is in the northern part of the European Side of Istanbul, on the east-west axis. It passes through the districts of Beşiktaş, Şişli, Kağıthane, Eyüpsultan, and Arnavutköy.

The opening date of the Istanbul Airport metro has been clarified. Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu announced that the Kağıthane-Istanbul Airport Metro Line will be opened on Sunday, January 22. Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu announced the date of the opening of the Kağıthane-Istanbul Airport Metro Line and made the following statement: “We are implementing the world’s most technological and modern urban rail system projects one by one. We are working for Istanbul on 6 lines of approximately 96 km. These lines are In addition to the Gayrettepe-Kağıthane-Istanbul Airport Metro line; Bakırköy (İDO)-Bahçelievler-Güngören-Bağcılar Kirazlı Metro line, Halkalı-Başakşehir-Arnavutköy-İstanbul Airport Metro line, Başakşehir-Çam and Sakura City Hospital-Kayaşehir Metro Line, Kazlıçeşme Sirkeci Rail System and Pedestrian Oriented New Generation Transportation Project and Altunizade Ferah Mahallesi- Çamlıca Mosque Bosna Bulvarı Metro Line projects. By completing these lines, we will increase the rail system network of Istanbul from 284.3 kilometers to 380.2 kilometers.” Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “We are opening our Kağıthane Istanbul Airport Metro line to service 9 days later on Sunday, January 22, 2023, with the encouragement of our President. We offer it to the service of Instabilities and the world. We are in the happiness and pride of bringing together a giant work and a magnificent service with Istanbul.”


The metro stops that will provide access to Istanbul 3rd airport are as follows: Gayrettepe, Kağıthane, Hasdal, Kemerburgaz, Göktürk, İhsaniye, and İstanbul Airport.

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