New Istanbul Airport – 1st Aircraft Landing before February

Istanbul’s 3rd airport will welcome its first aircraft landing before February of next year, according to Ahmet Arslan, the Turkish transport, maritime and communications Minister.

Speaking at the Anadolu Agency Editor’s desk, Arslan announced that the official opening of the airport will be timed to coincide with Republic Day on October 29th – this is the day that  Turkey commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

According to Arslan, around 68% of the airport construction has been completed and that work continues around the clock to ensure that the project is completed on time.

Upon its completion, the new airport will assume all of the aircraft and passenger traffic from Atatürk International Airport – with 250 airlines flying to more than 350 worldwide destinations, the new airport will be one of the world’s largest transport hubs.

Completion of the 1st phase includes the world’s largest single terminal under one roof , with a gross floor area of 11.000.000 ft2 (1.02 million m2) and the capacity to serve 90 million passengers a year. Once all phases are completed, the airport will be one of the world’s busiest, with flights to over 350 destinations and an annual capacity of 200 million passengers.

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