The President of Turkey inaugurates a new airport in Istanbul on Monday to become the largest airport in the world, one of the infrastructure projects that have marked the country since it came to power.
The inauguration of the new airport, built on the European side of the country, near the Black Sea, coincides with the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The infrastructure will replace the current Atatürk international airport, which has reached the limit due to the high turnout.
The ceremony is scheduled for 13:00 (10:00 in Lisbon) and will be attended by foreign leaders, such as the emir and leader of Qatari bin Hamad Al-Thani, an ally of the Turkish head of state.
The project is aligned with the Turkish President’s desire to turn Istanbul, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire, into a global center between three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa.
The new air infrastructure, with a capacity of 90 million passengers per year, will be fully operational from 29 December. By that date, and while Atatürk airport is still open, it will only guarantee five daily flights.
According to the executive chairman of IGA (future airport operator) Kadri Samsunlu, this two-month transition will test the new airport and “identify areas for improvement,” he told reporters on Thursday.