Turkiye

Turkish, Azerbaijani presidents inaugurate airport in Turkiye's Black Sea region

Rize-Artvin Airport is one of world's 5 airports built on sea, says Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Merve Berker   | 14.05.2022
Turkish, Azerbaijani presidents inaugurate airport in Turkiye's Black Sea region Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attend the opening of Rize-Artvin Airport in Rize, Turkiye on May 14, 2022. ( Mustafa Kamaci - Anadolu Agency )

ANKARA

The Turkish and Azerbaijani presidents on Saturday attended the opening ceremony of the Rize-Artvin Airport in northern Turkiye, one of the five airports in the world built on the sea.

"This project, which I see as a symbol of the progress Turkiye has made over the past 20 years in development, and particularly in air transport, is also a sign that neither mountains nor seas can stand in the way of our determination to serve," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his opening speech at the airport, located off Turkiye's Black Sea coast.

Erdogan also underlined that two of the world's five airports built on the sea are now in Turkiye.

"Rize-Artvin Airport, which we have built in the challenging geography of the eastern Black Sea region, will also ease transportation for our neighbor Georgia," he stressed.

For his part, Azerbaijan's Ilham Aliyev stated: "Today, Turkiye is a world-class powerhouse."

"It has been able to carry out large projects in the country, including airports, dams, roads, schools, and hospitals. All this indicates the strength of Turkiye," he added.

Noting that this was the first time he visited Turkiye's northern province of Rize, Aliyev said the entire Turkic world is proud of Turkiye.

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