Construction underway at Istanbul's third airport
The first airplane is expected to land in 2018 at the airport, which will boast an annual capacity of 150 million passengers
Construction of the terminal building at Istanbul's third airport has started, head of Turkey's General Directorate of State Airports Authority, Serdar Huseyin Yildirim, said on Friday (3 July, 2015).
Yildirim dismissed allegations that construction of the third airport is halted.
He added that only urgent expropriation decision for the lands falling into east-west axis landing strip has been overruled by Turkey's top administrative court.
“Through the decision of the Council of State, a perception campaign has been launched in the media as if the whole project was halted," Yildirim said.
"But the first plane will land in the first quarter of 2018, and construction works are currently ongoing in line with with the schedule,” he said.
When all phases are complete, Istanbul's third airport will be the world's largest airport with an annual capacity of 150 million passengers.
Yildirim also denied that the newly-inaugurated Ordu-Giresun Airport lacks necessary equipment to enable landing in rough weather conditions, adding that as the airport was built in reclaimed land in Black Sea, it is subject to heavy fog that disables visibility of the landing strip "from time to time".
A total of 27,071 passengers used the airport in May and June this year; the number will increase to 160,000 by the end of the year, Yildirim said, as per Andalou Agency.
The new airport has been under the scanner for its harmful environmental impacts. T