Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 31
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Istanbul’s new airport, which is also called “Istanbul”, will contribute to the growth of tourism, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey told Trend Oct. 31.
The ministry noted that air transport is the most popular one for tourist trips to Turkey.
“In particular, 5,383,332 foreign tourists visited Turkey in August 2018, and 4,224,997 of them arrived in the country via air transport, which makes up 78.48 percent of the total number of tourists,” the ministry said.
The ministry also noted that in August 2018, 1,387,953 tourists arrived in Istanbul by air transport.
“Turkey is also implementing a number of domestic transport projects, which will also contribute to the development of domestic tourism,” the ministry said.
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 Ataturk Airport in Istanbul will end operating flights at 00:00 (GMT +3) on Dec. 31.
Beginning from 00:00 (GMT +3) on Dec. 31, all passenger and cargo flights will be operated from the third airport of Istanbul.
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