Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
A new airport has been commissioned in Turkey's Hakkari province, TRT Haber TV channel reported May 26.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attended the opening of the new airport.
Moreover, a new airport was commissioned in Turkey's north-eastern province of Ordu May 22. The ceremony for the new airport's opening was attended by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The new airport in Ordu serves the planes carrying out domestic flights.
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 26 is 2.6110 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.
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