Move over Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson; Turkey is planning to build the largest and busiest airport in the world, a hub it says will eventually be capable of handling a whopping 150 million passengers per year.
At a cost of more than 7 billion euros (AU$8.8 billion), the project will see the construction of six runways at what will be Istanbul’s third airport, behind Ataturk International and Sabiha Gokcen.
Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said bids to build the airport on a 25 year lease would be open until May 3, although it was not clear when the tender would be awarded.
The first stage of the airport will be operational in 2017, Mr Yildirim said.
With flag carrier Turkish Airlines reaching capacity at Ataturk, the development is part of an overall plan to make Istanbul an important global hub.According to Reuters, Turkey’s economy is the fastest growing in Europe, and thanks to its position on the divide between Europe and the Middle East, has become a vital trade link between the continent and Asia.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H