Balıkesir at a Glance
Located in the south of Marmara Region, Balıkesir is renowned for its proximity to metropoles such as İstanbul, İzmir and Bursa. It is directly linked to all port cities of Turkey through Bandırma Port, which makes it the crossroads between Turkey and World markets.
Neighboring both Marmara and Aegean Seas makes Balıkesir one of the 6 provinces that neighbor two seas.
Population Dynamics of the Province
With its population of approximately 1.2 million, Balıkesir has 1.5% of the population of Turkey.
Education in Balıkesir
With its education infrastructure, the province has the intermediate staff and qualified labor resources required by all sectors. Balıkesir University and Bandırma On Yedi Eylül University provide education with 14 faculties.
The province has 9,440 pre-undergraduate education institutions.
► 100% schooling rate in primary schools ► 70% schooling rate in Secondary Education
√ 2 Universities √ 14 Faculties √ 5 Graduate Schools √ 16 Vocational Graduate Schools √ 64 Departments
Health in Balıkesir
There are 30 hospitals spread over all counties with 23 public hospitals, 6 private hospitals and 1 research and training hospital. 3 of these hospitals are dental and oral health centers.
Additionally, the construction of a Province Hospital with 850 beds is continuing. It is expected to be operational in 2017.
► 20 Community Health Centers ► 328 Family Health Centers ► Integrated Public Hospitals in 4 counties ► 1 Community Health Laboratory are in service.
A Strong Port in Product Shipment: “Bandırma”
All Kind of freight can be handled at port of Bandırma which is linked via railway lines to the all cities of Turkey.
20.000 Gross ton Capacity
20 Simultaneous ship Loading and Unloading capacity
350.000 TEU Handling Capacity
2 tugboats, 1 pilot boat, 1 mooring boat
TCDD Gökköy Logistics Center
►Bandırma Port 110 Km ►İzmir Port 230 Km
Train organization, admittance and dispatch roads
Concrete road length 2600 m
Total Roads 18.905 m
Ballasted track length 15.905 m
Koca Seyit Airport
Built in 1997, Koca Seyit Airport enables transportation from metropoles such as Ankara and İstanbul to every location in Balıkesir.
► 23.600 m2 terminal ► 2 Aprons with capacity of 6 planes ► Quick service with 21 Counters ► Over 8.000 Flights with 120 International Flights ► Over 300.000 Passengers in Domestic and International Flights ► Accessible and Green Airport Certified
Grand Transportation Projects Connected to Balıkesir
► Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway Project- İzmit Bay Pass
The Project that will reduce travel time between İstanbul and İzmir to 3.5 hours is 433 km long With Balıkesir located in the center, the completion of the project will reduce İstanbul-Balıkesir to 2 hours and İzmir and Balıkesir to 1.5 hours. Planned to be 2,682 meters, the bridge, which is a part of the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway Project will have a central span of 1550 meters and will be the 4th bridge with largest central span around the world.
► Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Balıkesir Highway Project- Çanakkale Bridge Pass
This project will create routes alternative to Bosphorus crossing to enable transportation between Aegean and Inner Anatolia Regions to Thrace and Europe. Connection of Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Balıkesir Highway to Gebze-İzmir Highway close by Balıkesir will provide a momentum for tourism and other sectors.
► Bandırma-Balıkesir- İzmir High Speed Train Project
It will act as the passenger and cargo line connecting Aegean Region to Europe through Bandırma and Tekirdağ Ports. It will also connect to Ankara-İstanbul route on Bursa connection.
► Northern Marmara Highway Project -3rd Bosporus Bridge Pass
Widest Suspended Bridge of the World with Its 59 Meters Width and the Longest Bridge with Rail Transport on the World With Its 1408 Meters of Main Span
► Bandırma-Bursa-Bilecik High Speed Train Line Project
With the completion of the 215 km project, Bandırma will be connected to Bursa, which is a metropolis with a fully developed industry, through railroad.
► Tekirdağ-Çanakkale-Bandırma Road Project
Railroad project that will serve passenger and cargo transport between Bandırma and Çanakkale will start from Bandırma and reach Çanakkale and away Tekirdağ over Biga and Karabiga, covering Bandırma Organized Industrial Zone and Gönen Leather Organized Industrial Zone.
► Bay Light Rail System Project
With this project planned between Altınova and Küçükkuyu a comfortable and rapid transportation will be provided at Bay Line that has the highest touristic potential.