Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas stated municipal authorities will work with Turkey’s Transport Ministry to construct a third airport for the city (Passenger Terminal Today, 03-Nov-2010). It is planned to be larger than Istanbul Atatürk International. Silivri, a western district of Istanbul, will be the site of the proposed new international airport. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tavyip Erdogan has backed the project saying that Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport can no longer fulfill the city’s needs. The Ministry also wants to enlarge the capacity of the current airports in the short term with new tarmac added.
Plans revealed for third Istanbul Airport
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