İmamoğlu: Closing of Atatürk Airport Should Be Discussed Again

imamoglu ataturk airport closure should be discussed again
imamoglu ataturk airport closure should be discussed again

İmamoğlu: The closure of Atatürk Airport should be discussed again; In his speech at the İm Sustainable Transportation Congress Ek, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem İmamoğlu emphasized that Atatürk Airport is one of the important sources of the city. İmamoğlu said, uz We want the issue of closure of Atatürk Airport to be re-discussed and re-discussed. We don't care if this debate annoys or upset anyone. On behalf of 16 million people, it is our natural right to discuss, talk and get the opinion of everyone and we will take it to the end. ”

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) organized a Ulaşım Sustainable Transport Congress ”titled or Talking about Istanbul Transport üzere to discuss the transportation problems of the city. Orhan Demir, Deputy Secretary General responsible for transportation, made the first speech at the congress held in Istanbul Congress Center. After Demir, İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu made the opening speech of the congress. İmamoğlu stated that they came together to discuss the transportation problem which is one of the most important problems of Istanbul and to find solutions with a common mind. Ulaşım Transportation in Istanbul is unfortunately a very challenging personality test for all of us and a full life file, İm said İmamoğlu. Ulaşım Istanbul's transportation problems did not emerge in one day. Over the years, it has accumulated, it has accumulated and today has reached a critical threshold. So much so that the people of Istanbul often lose their belief that the transportation problem can be solved. We have to reverse this and make everyone believe that the transportation problem of Istanbul can be solved ”.


Imamoglu, in his speech, shared interesting data about the city and the transportation problem. The area in which IMM is responsible; İmamoğlu stated that it covers an area of ​​165 45 5 square kilometers, 343 kilometers between the east-west ends and 165 kilometers between the north-south ends. In 45, the number of daily trips is expected to increase and reach 2018 million 31oo thousand. The total number of travels from one side of Istanbul to the other was 700 in 2023. As of 36, this number reached 8 million 2000 thousand passes. In 962, the total number of collar crossing trips is predicted to reach 2018 million 2 thousand. Within the area of ​​responsibility of IMM, there is a road network of 150 thousand kilometers and an average of 2023 new vehicles participate in these traffic every day. All these data show that the major parameters of transportation in Istanbul, such as the number of trips, the number of vehicles, are constantly and rapidly growing. For this reason, it is essential that solutions in transportation have to have a solid future perspective and are sustainable. ”


“The Ulaşım Istanbul Transportation Strategy olan which we are working on and which we will finalize with your contributions, defines 6 main goals and objectives, İm İmamoğlu said:

“First of all, we aim to improve urban transport within the scope of sustainable mobility. Second, we aim to improve integration, accessibility and quality in public transport. Third, we will surely increase the rail network and its share in public transport. Fourth, we will increase the capacity of maritime transport and its share in public transport. Fifth, we will ensure the efficient management of traffic by increasing smart transportation systems and transportation infrastructure applications. Finally, we will strengthen the road systems infrastructure and make it sustainable. ”


Imamoglu pointed out that if Istanbul becomes a “disciplined city ıyla with all its elements, it can solve some of its problems with small touches. In this context, the creation of walkable, comfortable, safe pedestrian zones and squares, the disadvantageous groups such as the disabled, the elderly, children, easier access to the transportation system, people-oriented stops and stations, open to all citizens to design a design that meets the safety criteria and, of course, Istanbul reduction is also among our goals. We cannot solve the transportation problems of Istanbul by wasting the already narrow resources of this country and this city. We need to find ways to use our values ​​in the most efficient way. The solution to this is the common mind. If there is any element in the future of this city, we should have a common mind and find ways to use the resources of this city in the most efficient way..


Stating that Atatürk Airport is one of these important sources, İmamoğlu said, “We want the issue of the closure of Atatürk Airport to be re-discussed, re-discussed and underlined. We don't care if this debate annoys or upset anyone. In the name of 16 million people, it is our natural right to discuss, talk and get the opinion of everyone, and we will take it to the end. What, why are we closing? What will the negative and positive effects of tomorrow bring and take? And this city, this country, all of us. A person's life is certain. In other words, God give everyone a good life; but our term of office is coming and going. Some 5, some 10, some 20 years. But it's over. Then what will we entrust to this country? Many people in history are judged for what they do, they boast of what they do, and they are grateful. I say that; today provides us the convenience of communication. Communication at the same time allows the community to meet quickly and quickly. In this city, we have to discuss Atatürk Airport. I am the President of IMM. I do not want to compare any Istanbulite with such a surprise. Everyone has the right to information in Istanbul. Even the 4-5 year old child, our daughters, our sons, even when we all go home we account. Therefore, we should be able to discuss such an era in such an era. For example, should Atatürk Airport be closed or open? What economic data? A scientist friend will tell us about this. We know it is our duty to open all these issues to discuss all our values. ”


Imamoglu and then came into the microphone. Dr. Haluk Gerçek showed the importance of Atatürk Airport for Istanbul with scientific data. Professor Fact, in the conclusion part of his speech, “There are economic losses due to the closure of a working airport. There are losses due to the closure of service and maintenance services. There are economic losses in the hotels and commercial uses around Atatürk Airport. We know that Atatürk Airport is very important in terms of logistic support after a possible earthquake. There are benefits to running 3 airports integrated. It is possible to connect 3 airports by rail system. Here's what to do: Ask again. Why not use Atatürk Airport? We need to discuss this. Decisions regarding the city should be taken with the participation of all stakeholders of the city. When you look at the cities in Europe, the debate lasts for 6 years. We closed a huge airport without asking anyone. It is a pity that such a thing happens in a metropolis like Istanbul ”.

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