The big day has come and from now on, it will not only mark Turkey’s Republic Day but the inauguration date (October 29) of Istanbul’s new airport.
Opening today to the global public, it aims at becoming or would want to be crowned the largest internationally.
According to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who, from the mausoleum of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, addressed the nation this Monday morning, on the day of Turkey’s 95th anniversary of Republic Day -the official proclamation of the Turkish Republic by Ataturk took place on Oct. 29, 1923 establishing the name of the nation and declaring its status as a republic- the historic opening of new airport in Istanbul is a symbol of power, determination and 95 years’ achievements of Turkey.
Erdogan also wrote his own “message” in the Anitkabir memorial book: “Today, we are celebrating the 95th anniversary of our republic by opening the new airport in Istanbul, one of the most prestigious projects in the world”.
The inauguration of one of the largest airports worldwide
Inauguration day has come and several world leaders are expected to attend the official ceremony.
“The ceremony which will be broadcast live, will kick off at 4 p.m. local time (1300GMT) on the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic”, reads state-run Anadolu news agency.
To name a few “dignitaries from at least 18 countries including the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Serbia, Sudan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Slovenia, Georgia, Iran, Moldova’s Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia and the U.K. will attend the ceremony.
Built by a consortium of five contractors — Limak, Kolin, Cengiz, Mapa and Kalyon, the project has been carried out through a build-operate-transfer model. It will provide over 26 billion euros ($30.65 billion) of revenue to the government.”
Turkey’s new facility, whose provisional name is Istanbul New Airport (Turkish: İstanbul Yeni Havalimanı) is “a future ultra modern facility capable of handling substantial airline traffic surges through the ancient city, security threats, and the rapid growth of its premiere airline Turkish Airlines” Forbes read in 2016.
It is spread over an area of over 76 million square meters, at the beginning it will serve 90 million passengers but in its last planned expansion stage, its capacity will be for 150 million passengers annually while remaining upgradable to handle 200 million annual passengers if required in the future.
The maiden voyage will be to Turkey’s capital Ankara on October 31st.
Internationally wise, its flight will be to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on November 1st, whereas on November 8, a flight to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will “inaugurate” its actual opening.
Also on the first day of November, there will be a flight to southern Turkey in Antalya whereas on November second another internal route, to the western city of Izmir.
“It is expected that a daily 2,000 planes will go through the airport by the end of the year to over 350 destinations by over 250 carriers”, Anadolu says.
The Atatürk Airport
After this new gem-hub goes operational, Turkish plans are to close the Atatürk Airport in order to let the dead rest in peace, forget the national tragedy that rocked Turkey in June 2016 and allow passengers enjoy more secure flights in the future from and to a gateway between Europe and Asia, Istanbul.
The Atatürk Airport terrorist attack claimed the lives of 45 people and the three attackers (shooters and suicide bombers, quite possibly from Russia and Central Asia). The attack by the three persons was simultaneous, at the international Terminal 2 of the airport. There were more than 230 people wounded…. / IBNA