Another airport to be opened in Turkey

Another airport to be opened in Turkey

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

A new airport will be commissioned in the Hakkari province in Turkey's south-east, Anadolu agency reported May 22.

The airport will be opened on May 26, 2015.

Moreover, it is expected that a new airport for maintenance of planes of domestic airlines will be opened in Ordu province in Turkey's north-east on May 22.

Of 69 airports operating in Turkey, 21 are international, 31 airports are used for domestic flights, and 17 of them are military airports.

Turkey is also currently building six airports, according to a report earlier spread by the Transport, Maritime and Communications Ministry of Turkey.

On June 7, 2014, Istanbul hosted a ceremony of laying of a foundation for the new airport, which will be the city's third airport.

The agreement on the airport's construction in Istanbul was signed May 2013.

The tender for the airport's construction was won by the Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-MaPa-Kalyon companies' consortium, which offered 22.1 billion euros for participation in the project.

Earlier, the air transport department of the Turkish ministry of transport, maritime and communications told Trend that the construction of the airport would cost 10 billion Turkish liras. The official exchange rate on May 22 is 2.5715 TRY/USD.

Istanbul's third airport is being built near the Lake Terkos in the north of the city. Initially, the airport will serve 90 million passengers per year and further, this figure will increase to 150 million.

The third airport of Istanbul is expected to be one of the largest airports in the world and will be named after the country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Edited by SI

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