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Turkey: Erdogan opens new 'world's largest airport' in Istanbul01:25

Turkey: Erdogan opens new 'world's largest airport' in Istanbul

Turkey, Istanbul
October 29, 2018 at 22:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the new Istanbul Airport on Monday, which will become the world's largest hub by the time it's fully completed in 2028. The ceremony took place on the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.

Erdogan also revealed that Istanbul's current main airport, bearing the name of the father of the modern Turkish state Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, will operation until the end of this year, before it closes to commercial flights.

The new Istanbul Airport is expected to see around 2,000 aircraft daily, amounting to approximately 90 million passengers until the end of 2018. By its full completion, the airport will be a hub for up to 200 million passengers per year.

It is reportedly being constructed at an initial cost of €6,3 billion ($7,2 billion), and is expected to bring a €26,9 billion ($30,6 billion) in revenue to the country.

The maiden flight is scheduled to be from Istanbul to Ankara on October 31.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the new Istanbul Airport on Monday, which will become the world's largest hub by the time it's fully completed in 2028. The ceremony took place on the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.

Erdogan also revealed that Istanbul's current main airport, bearing the name of the father of the modern Turkish state Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, will operation until the end of this year, before it closes to commercial flights.

The new Istanbul Airport is expected to see around 2,000 aircraft daily, amounting to approximately 90 million passengers until the end of 2018. By its full completion, the airport will be a hub for up to 200 million passengers per year.

It is reportedly being constructed at an initial cost of €6,3 billion ($7,2 billion), and is expected to bring a €26,9 billion ($30,6 billion) in revenue to the country.

The maiden flight is scheduled to be from Istanbul to Ankara on October 31.

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