EYEAFRICA TV: Istanbul: TURKEY: The government of Turkey is marking its 95th independence anniversary with inauguration of Phase one of the world’s largest airport in Istanbul.
The first stage built at over $7 billion within three years is one of Turkey’s 2023 centennial projects.
The new airport which lie on shores of the Black Sea has annual capacity of 90 million passengers with two runways including three separate airstrips.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is joined on this inauguration by more than 50 foreign leaders, ministers, and high-level officials.
According to his administration, Istanbul’s new airport is set to become a global aviation hub by hosting more than 100 airlines and flights to over 300 destinations around the world.
Over the next 10 years, the new airport will reach annual capacity of 200 million passengers with the completion of all four phases with six runways, says IGA consortium, the contractor of the project.
This means that the Istanbul airport is almost two times the traffic at current world’s biggest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.
Turkey was proclaimed a republic on 29 October 1923, and the nation rejoiced. Mustafa Kemal had led the Turks from occupation by the hated Allies and the ashes of the old Ottoman Empire to a new nation.
A new constitution, which the parliament adopted on October 29, 1923, replaced the constitution of the Ottoman Empire.
The official proclamation of the Turkish Republic took place on Oct. 29, 1923 which led to the replacement of the constitution of the Ottoman Empire.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk whom the new airport is named, became the country’s first president on the day he considers as Turkey’s most important holiday.
His mausoleum is visited by the people of Turkey as part of festivities of the independence celebration.