İzmir utilizes the benefits of its geographical position close to the markets of the European Union and those of the Near and Middle East as well as having Turkey’s 2nd largest seaport. With its strategic location, İzmir provides easy access to a market of a population of 1.5 billion, $25 trillion GDP and $8 trillion trade.
A Historical Port City
İzmir enjoys the advantage of being a significant export orientated city with 4 main ports and 12 private docks.
Alsancak, Aliağa-Nemrut, Dikili and Çeşme Ports are important locations in marine transportation.
The Alsancak Port is the largest port of the Aegean Region with its annual ship hosting capacity of 3.588.
The only ship dismantling facility of Turkey is at the Aliağa Port.
The under-construction Çandarlı Port will become one of the 10 largest ports in the world when it’s completed.
İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport is just located 18 km far from the city center and very well connected to the main centers in the World with direct flights from more than 100 cities.
Adnan Menderes Airport is the most important location for the air traffic of the whole Aegean region.
With the recently renovated domestic terminal, the annual passenger capacity has reached to 25 million and the number of passengers carried by the international terminal has reached to almost 11 million with a 400% increase compared to 2000.
There are direct flights to 28 countries on three continents from The Adnan Menderes Airport. 43 airlines fly to 70 different destinations .
Advanced Domestic Highway Connections
Having advanced highway connections, İzmir provides a strong transportation network.
The under construction İstanbul-Bursa-İzmir highway will decrease the journey time on this route from 8 hours to 3 and a half once it’s completed in 2018.
The First Railway Line of Turkey
İzmir, at which the first railway line was built, has a strong railway network with its surrounding cities.
Along with the intercity lines, İzmir provides domestic railway transportation via commuter rail systems.
The under-construction Ankara-İzmir High-Speed Train Project will reduce the travel time from 15 and a half hour to 3 hours and 50 minutes.