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New Istanbul airport: almost everything ready for full operation

Will it turn out to be a cathedral in the desert?

After three postponements due to a series of delays in the finalization of the structures, on 7th April the new Istanbul airport will become definitively operational following the transfer of all Turkish Airlines planes and employees which will start at 3am tomorrow and will end April 6th at 12:00. To allow this, however, today the Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Cahit Turan explained that several roads that cut Istanbul in two will be closed, above all because there is a long distance between the old "Ataturk" and the new airport

The last aircraft will take off from the "Ataturk" airport at 2 am on 6 April and from that moment the entire area will begin to be transformed into a public park and into a series of structures dedicated to civil aviation. All flight operations will be carried out "at the Istanbul" which will initially accommodate 90 million passengers a year which can go up to 200 million by 2023 when all the facilities are completed.

The move of the government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan aims to revive the economy of the city on the Bosphorus which should take on a central role in civil aviation worldwide, allowing Turkish Airlines to increase the number of flights and planes exceeding the limits imposed by the size of the old airport.

Not only positive aspects, however, because the structural limits of Istanbul's airspace and the economic crisis that is gripping Turkey could cause potential problems in the future as the airport risks turning into a huge "cathedral in the desert", cost more than 8 billion euros.

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