Turkish Government is reportedly considering the construction of a third airport in Istanbul, to meet growing passenger traffic (Bernama, 01-Nov-2009). The government is also planning to construct a second runway at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, with another four airports identified for refurbishment projects. The government has invited local and foreign firms to continue to take part in the development projects. Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd is considering another business agreement with Turkey’s Limak Group and India’s GMR Group to bid for the projects, including the construction of a third terminal at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, following the opening of airport’s second terminal on 31-Nov-2009, constructed by the consortium (Bernama, 02-Nov-2009).
Turkish Government considering construction of third airport in Istanbul
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