16 JULY 2018
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has set his seal of approval on Istanbul’s new airport with an official visit aboard the presidential jet, marking the first landing at the complex by a passenger aircraft. The airport is due to open on 29 October.
The construction is being carried out in four phases, the first of which, to be completed this year, will see the opening of three runways and a terminal with capacity for 90m passengers.
The complex, to be known simply as Istanbul New Airport, is being run by the İGA company, founded in October 2013 to oversee the construction and then operate the airport for 25 years.
It is being built over an area of 76.5m sq m (about 823m sq ft) 35km (about 22 miles) north of Istanbul, and once complete is planned to host around 100 airlines flying to more than 350 destinations with an annual passenger capacity up to 200m.
Erdoğan told ground crew and workers the “magnificent airport” would be a leading hub for global air traffic, one of the three biggest in the world and a brand for the country.
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