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Flag of Gülyalı - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 24 February 2016
The municipality of Gülyalı (7,957 inhabitants in 2012, 3,383 in the town of Gülyalı; 7,336 ha) is located 15 km east of Ordu, on the border with Giresun Province.
Ivan Sache, 24 November 2019
The flag of Gülyalı (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".Tomislav Šipek, 24 February 2016
Flag of the Gülyalı district government - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 23 November 2019
The flag of the Gülyalı district government (photo) is white with the government's emblem. "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti" means "Republic of Turkey"; "Kaymakamlığı" means "District government".
The plane substituted to the star represents the Ordu-Giresun Airport (OGU), which was established on an artificial island just off the coast of Gülyalı, half way (25 km) of Ordu and Giresun.
Inaugurated on 22 May 2015, the Ordu-Giresun airport offers domestic flights to Ankara, Antalya, İstanbul and İzmir, and international flights to Northern Cyprus and Germany. Traffic in 2017 was 1,193,000 passengers, quite far from the expected two million (see below).
The airport will be the eighth [other sources say third] airport in the world built on an artificial island after its construction is completed and will be the first such airport in Europe and Turkey.
Construction began in 2011 on an artificial island opposite the coast of Gülyalı. Authorities decided to build the airport on an artificial island as no suitable location was found in geographically challenging provinces where rugged mountains run parallel to the coast, an obstacle for flights, particularly from Russia on the opposite coast of Black Sea.
The airport's runway will have a length of 3,000 meters and width of 45 meters. About 30 million tons of stone were used for the artificial island. The airport will have a 20,000 square meter terminal.
The airport, originally named Or-Gi, after the first two letters of the provinces, was renamed after its unfortunate connotations in English.
The idea for an artificial island airport for the two provinces was first conceived in 1992 and the construction work was started in 1994, but it came to a halt shortly afterward due to high costs. The new airport will have an estimated cost of TL 290 million ($128.5 million).
The airport will serve about 2 million passengers yearly and will boost air travel to and from the two provinces that have a total population of 1.2 million.
[Daily Sabah, 27 September 2014]
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 24 November 2019