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Turkey's leader opens new Istanbul Airport

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by RNCollins, Nov 7, 2018.

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    Turkey’s leader opens new Istanbul Airport
    https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Turkey-leader-opens-new-Istanbul-Airport

    By Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press / Travel Weekly / Travelweekly.com / October 29, 2018

    “ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's president inaugurated a gleaming new aviation hub in Istanbul on Monday, a megaproject that he has pushed to fulfill his dream of making Turkey a global player.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Istanbul Airport was open for operations on a special day -- the 95th anniversary of Turkey's establishment as a republic following its war of independence.

    With the sprawling new airport on shores of the Black Sea, Erdogan declared that Turkey has become the "most important transit location on the north-south, east-west axes, connecting 60 countries and $20 trillion economies."

    "With this airport, we are furthering our country's key role in the integration of global economies," he said.

    It was a symbolic opening, with only a few flights scheduled this week. But by the end of the year, the massive airport will replace Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, named after Turkey's founder.

    Istanbul Airport is expected to host 90 million passengers per year in its first phase, and in 10 years handle 200 million travelers on six runways. That's almost double the traffic at the world's current busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson....”

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