Biggest project of the world New Istanbul Airport opens with grand ceremony
30th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Oct 30:Landmark project, new Istanbul Grand Airport (IGA) opens with a grand ceremony on October 29 with domestic connections. This will be third international airport in Istanbul constructed with the capacity of 200 million passengers and said to be one of the largest transit destinations in the world over its 76.5-million-sq m area.
In time the airport will connect flights to more than 350 destinations, the airport is designed beautifully to provide a comfortable travelling experience. The Turkish government has claimed the new airport, on the European side of Istanbul and will be "the biggest in the world" with around 35,000 people being employed on the project, including 3,000 engineers and administrative staff and is said to handle up to 90 million passengers a year, rising to 150 million by 2023.
The inauguration ceremony kicked off with Parliament Speaker Binali Yıldırım, who has important contribution in the project as a former prime minister and transport minister, saying it was an honor to mark the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic with such a work of art.
The ceremony was attended by more than 50 foreign leaders, ministers and high-level officials including Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, Pakistan President Arif Alvi, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Sudan's President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, Former President of Albania Ilir Meta, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, Slovenian Deputy PM Alenka Bratusek, Georgian FM David Zalkaliani, Iranian FM Cevad Zarif, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić, Governor of the Gagauz Autonomous Republic Irina Vlah.