Video: 58 Liebherr cranes at Istanbul New Airport

Across a vast construction site north of Istanbul, a cast of Liebherr cranes are delivering the materials for the largest airport in the world.

Istanbul New Airport is the largest planned airport development in the world, with a four-phased project schedule that will see the construction of three terminals and six runways by 2030, with the capacity to handle more than 150 million passengers a year.

In the ongoing initial phase, which involves the construction of the main terminal and the first three runways, the project is scheduled to deliver an opening capacity of 90 million passengers a year by 2018 — which is the same as the throughput of the busiest existing airport, Dubai International Airport.

The challenge behind the project is the extremely short delivery schedule, with preparatory earthworks on site only commencing in mid-2014, and in terms of the activities of Liebherr on site, the delivery of the full order of 58 cranes within less than a year of the order being signed.

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