Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Test flights will be conducted at Istanbul’s third airport in late February 2018, the Turkish media reported Dec. 22.
Reportedly, test flights will be attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
The construction of a parking lot at the airport will be completed in February, which will be able to accept 30,000 cars.
The third airport is being built near the Lake Terkos in northern Istanbul. Initially, it will serve 90 million passengers a year. The first phase of the airport will be commissioned on Oct. 29, 2018. After commissioning, the number of flight destinations in Turkey will increase from 282 to 350. The new airport will annually serve about 200 million passengers.
Meanwhile, the construction of the first runway of the new airport continues, which will 3.7 kilometers long and 60 meters wide. The second runway will be 4.1 kilometers long and 60 meters wide.
Currently, construction and assembling work is underway to build 28 bridges and a hydrometeorological tower at the airport. More than 31,000 employees are involved in construction.
About 300 passenger and service elevators will be installed at Istanbul’s third airport.
Airport City, which will include a network of shops, logistics and exhibition centers, will be also built at the new airport. Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-MaPa-Kalyon consortium of companies won the tender for construction of the airport.
Turkey’s Ziraat Bankasi allocated 1.54 billion euros for the airport’s construction, while Halkbank and Vakifbank – 1 billion euros, Denizbank – 500 million euros, Garanti and Finansbank – 300 million euros each.
The first airport in Turkey was built in 1912 and was used for military purposes.
For the first time the Istanbul airport was opened for international flights in 1953 and in 1985 it was renamed in honor of founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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