Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Work on the construction of the third airport in Istanbul has been resumed, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported on Feb.11 citing the country's General Directorate of State Airports Authority.
Construction of a third airport in Istanbul which was expected to become one of the biggest in the world, was stopped after a decision issued by the City Court on Feb.11.
This decision was taken after residents in the nearby districts filed a lawsuit in which they demanded the airport construction stop.
Operations were stopped due to serious damage caused to the environment, according to Istanbul court's decision.
An agreement on construction of the third airport in Istanbul was signed in Turkey in May 2013.
The document was signed between the Ministry of Transport, Shipping and Communications of Turkey and the Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-MaPa-Kalyon Consortium, which won the tender.
The Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-MaPa-Kalyon consortium won the tender for the project on May 3, 2013, offering 22.1 billion Euros for the project.
Istanbul's third airport was under construction near Lake Terkos in the north of the city.
Earlier, the Air Transport Department of the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Shipping and Communications told Trend that construction of the third airport in Istanbul would cost ten billion lira.
The ministry also said the airport would be able to serve 90 million people a year initially. In future, this figure would increase to 150 million.
The official exchange rate on Feb.11 is 2.2247 TL/USD.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.