Istanbul's 3rd airport to welcome 1st plane by Feb 2018

Istanbul's third airport will welcome its first plane before February of next year, according to Turkey's transport, maritime, and communications minister.

The official opening of the new under-construction airport in Istanbul, the first phase, will be on Oct. 29 of next year, he said. Oct. 29 is the day Turkey marks Republic Day, commemorating the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

Around 68 percent of the airport construction has been completed, Arslan added. "Workers are working day and night to finish the project on time," he said.

When it is completed next year, the new airport will be hosting 250 airlines flying to more than 350 destinations, making it one of the world's largest transport hubs. Most of the traffic will be moved from Ataturk International Airport.

When the first phase is completed in 2018, it will have the world's largest terminal under one roof, with a gross floor area of nearly 11 million square feet.

With the completion of all phases, the airport is expected to be the busiest one in the world, with flights to over 350 destinations.

Courtesy: Anadolu Agency
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