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President Erdoğan’s plane makes first ever landing at Istanbul New Airport

Turkey, Istanbul | June 21, 2018– On June 21st the Turkish presidential aircraft TC-ANK carrying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan touched down at Istanbul New Airport. It was a historic moment, marking the first ever landing by a passenger aircraft, and was greeted with a water salute on the runway. The airport is due to open on 29 October.

President Erdoğan was met by ground crew and workers. “Today is a very, very meaningful day for us,” he said in a statement after the landing, being pleased about the construction of “a magnificent airport”, which will be a leading hub for global air traffic. Istanbul’s new airport will be one of the three biggest airports in the world with the annual capacity of 90 million passengers in the first phase, he said, adding the airport would be a brand for the country. Erdoğan also announced that after the launch of the new airport, Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport will be replaced by a huge park named ‘People’s Garden’.

The construction of the airport, which is situated over an area of 76.5 million square meters to the north of Istanbul, in 35km distance to the city center of Istanbul, will be carried out in four phases. When all phases are completed, it is projected that the number of passengers will rise to 200 million. The airport will host nearly 100 airline companies flying to more than 300 destinations.


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