Ministry: Almost 300 commercial flights carried out at Istanbul's new airport
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Since its opening till the end of November 2018, 288 commercial flights were carried out at the new airport of Istanbul, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey told Trend Dec. 21.
Domestic flights accounted for 181 of the total number of flights, while international flights - for 107.
Istanbul's new airport, since the opening until the end of November 2018, served 40,052 passengers.
Some 25,712 of the passengers served accounted for domestic flights, while only 14,340 accounted for international flights.
The opening ceremony of the new airport in Istanbul was held on October 29 and was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey Mehmet Cahit Turhan.
The third airport was built near the Lake Terkos in northern Istanbul.
Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-MaPa-Kalyon consortium of companies won the tender for construction of the airport.
The first airport in Turkey was built in 1912 and was used for military purposes.
In 1953, Istanbul airport was opened for international flights for the first time, and in 1985 it was renamed in honor of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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