Sabiha Gökçen Airport Subway will be in Service at 2020; Ersel Göral, CEO of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport Terminal Operator OHS, stated that the foundation of the ongoing runway construction will be laid in the first quarter of 2020, that it will be put into service in the second half of 2021 and that Metro construction will be put into service at the end of 2020.
Ersel Göral stated that the construction of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport Metro will be opened at the end of 2020 and added, “Metro construction has accelerated. In fact, the goal was to complete by this year. However, a delay of about one year is envisaged. I hope the subway line will be in service at the end of 2020. Thus, our passengers coming to Sabiha Gökçen Airport or traveling from Sabiha Gökçen Airport will be able to reach Kadıköy in approximately 40 minutes and Taksim in approximately 50 minutes.
The new runway category will be 3. In other words, landing and take-off can be provided in all weather conditions. One of the important milestones of our runway construction, the sub-tunnel constructions, is over. Now the filling process begins. After the completion of the filling, superstructure works, navigation devices, lighting equipment is completed, if there is a mishap at the end of the year 2020 second runway will be put into service. Our current runway, which we currently use, will enter maintenance when the second runway opens. But 3 won't go into month maintenance as planned from 6 years ago. The 1,5-2 month closure is foreseen at most. This is because the airport authority HEAS has ongoing maintenance throughout the night. They perform maintenance on the runway with very high quality, very industrial and very suitable material. So when the second runway ends, the 1,5-2 month closure will be enough for us to maintain the existing runway.