The foundations of the new terminal building at Ercan Airport which will be able to serve up to 10 million passengers a year were laid yesterday at a ceremony.
A separate ceremony was held to launch the start of work on the Ercan-Kırklar/Ercan Akıncılar road.
Both events were attended by the Minister of Public Works and Communication Kemal Dürüst and the Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Public Works and Communication Kemal Dürüst said that the new Ercan Terminal project was the TRNC’s biggest project.
He also said that with the support of Turkey, 2017 will be the year of breakthroughs in terms of such projects.
Dürüst also stated the Ercan Terminal building which will be 180,000 m² in size will be completed in 2018.
The Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan said that the Ercan airport project once completed will become the pride of the TRNC.
Stating that the airport will first be able to serve 5 million passengers a year, Arslan said that this capacity could be increased up to 10 million passengers in the years to come if need be.
He said that an additional conventional runway will also be constructed.
Following the ceremony at Ercan Airport, a second ceremony was held to launch the start of work on the Ercan-Kırklar/Ercan Akıncılar road.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Dürüst said that local residents of Akıncılar village will no longer be required to show IDs when entering and exiting the village once the new road was built.
The road which is planned to be completed in three months will shorten the distance from Akıncılar to Lefkoşa.