The long hour has arrived. Turkey, with a great delegation, presented to UEFA the full file of its candidacy to claim the final stage of the European Championship in 2024. Turkey is for the fourth consecutive time to take on the important event, 2010 when he lost the EURO 2016 for a (!) Vote from France. Its agents estimate that this time they have more hopes as a better and more methodical organization has been made in each sector.
«It’s time for Turkey to take over its first EURO,» said TFF’s first vice-president, a member of the UEFA Executive Committee, Servet Yardimci, with a good deal of optimism.
The President of the Federation, Yildir Demiroren, First Vice President Servet Yardımci, Vice President Ali Dürüst, Board members Cengiz Zülfikaroğlu, Alaattin Aykaç, Mustafa Çağlar, gave the present at this important appointment in Nion, Switzerland on Thursday morning, 26 April , General Secretary Mr Kadir Kardas, and Ambassador bid Barış Telli.
«All the necessary guarantees have been given, without any gaps, to ensure the economic success of the event,» said the president of the Turkish Football Federation, Yildirim Demiroren.
The UEFA Executive Committee will announce its selection on 27 September at the relevant meeting.
But what does the dossier of Turkey show? Let’s take a look at how fans can move and what important moves Turkey has made on these issues:
Getting to the game
Visitors of the tournament will have the opportunity to reach the stadiums and fan zones easily thanks to the well-developed rail system, marine transportation and bus network as they experience all parts of the city.
They will provide an unforgettable stay with our welcoming people, a reliable and affordable public transport, easy access to accommodations for all budgets, alternative recreational opportunities, and our wonderful climate.
FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT On matchdays, all ticket holders will travel for free.
Travel to train
Turkey boasts a railway network that is actively used, subject to continuous improvement. The Government of the Republic of Turkey aims to increase both passenger and freight usage of the railway network. Host cities will be connected through high-speed trains by 2023 when the country will achieve a total of 1 billion passenger capacity per year owing to an investment worth €24 bn.
Currently, the high-speed train system is active in the route through İstanbul, Kocaeli, Eskişehir, Ankara and Konya. Based on the ongoing investments, Bursa, Antalya, Gaziantep and Trabzon will be incorporated into this line by 2023, enabling visitors to travel between those destinations by means of high-speed train.
Travel by plane
Turkey’s target for 2023 will achieve 60 operational international airports throughout the country, with a combined capacity of 350 million passengers per year, representing €24 bn of investment.
The country will also extend its domestic flight network from 55 airports to 63. The most significant aviation investment in Turkey is the construction of the largest European airport in İstanbul. Turkish Airlines flies to 120 countries and 253 airports; one of the highest number of destinations in the world.
Travel by Bus
Buses are the most popular type of public transport. Turkey has an extensive bus network and plans to invest more than €65 bn in highways to make public transport even more comfortable by 2023.
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