It is 34 km (21 mi) east of Rize and about 75 km (47 mi) west of Artvin. It is being constructed on ground obtained through filling a part of the Black Sea shore with rocks brought from nearby quarries in Merdivenli, Hisarlı, Kanlımezra, and Kuzeyca.
To fill up to 30 m (98 ft)-deep sea, at least 85 million tons of rock are required. The airport building will cover an area of 4,500 m2 (48,000 sq ft), and the runway will be 3,000 m (9,800 ft) long at 45 m (148 ft) width parallel to the seashore.
The construction works began with groundbreaking in 2017. It will be the country's second airport of its sort following Ordu–Giresun Airport.
It will serve about two million passengers annually. The construction cost is budgeted for ₺ 750 million (approx. US$206 million). (ILKHA)