The third airport in the Turkish city of Istanbul will be the largest in the world, said the Director of the contracting company for the construction of the airport Yusuf Akchayoglu, the AA reports.
At the moment, the construction of the airport is ongoing at a rapid pace; the summer work was carried out in three shifts. It is planned that the first phase of the construction will be completed ahead of schedule, namely February 26, 2018.
The first phase of construction requires enormous financial resources: a total of EUR 2.4 billion have already been spent out of planned and allocated EUR 6 billion.
According to Akchayoglu, the new airport will be able to take two thousand aircraft a day and 90 million passengers a year, making it one of the most important transport junctions in the world. And this despite the fact that the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul set a new record in its history - 1,800 takeoffs and landings per day just a week ago. After the official opening, another pearl of Istanbul will serve 350 cities in the world.
The area of the new airport will be 11 million square feet with parking lot for 18 thousand vehicles (a record for Europe). There will also be hotels, park area, a mosque, a conference and medical centers. In the meantime, the construction of the airport runways is underway.
Some 18,000 employees are involved in construction of the airport now. Their number will reach 30,000 next year. Moreover, the airport commissioning will create a hundred thousand jobs.
Akchayoglu also shared the architectural designs. So, one of the dispatcher towers will be built in the shape of a tulip.