ISTANBUL

Construction began Saturday on a new high-speed metro line connecting the heart of Istanbul to the new mega-Istanbul Airport.

The new line, set to be finished in August 2021, will whisk passengers from Gayrettepe, in Sisli, on the Turkish metropolis’ European side, to the new airport in just 35 minutes.

At the ceremonial rail-welding ceremony, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, said: “We didn’t neglect the transportation issue when we built the new Istanbul Airport. Besides bus transportation from the city, we have started construction of a metro line which is linked to all public transportation.”

The line will

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