The President of the AKP party Binali Yıldırım has announced the opening date of the third airport of Istanbul which is currently under construction.
While it is not yet sure which name the world's largest airport will bear, it is to be opened on 02/26/2018
World most modern airport
Its going to be the worlds most modern airport, Transportation Minister Lütfü Elvan told TRT in an interview on Saturday just before the ceremony.
Consortium will pay 22.1 billion euros
The Cengiz-Kolin-Limak-Mapa-Kalyon Consortium, a joint venture of Turkish companies, won the tender for the airport in Istanbul on May 3, promising to pay the state 22.1 billion euros (plus taxes) for 25 years starting from 2017.
The airport project that has been enthusiastically championed as one of the milestones in Turkey's development process by the Turkish government has been facing several setbacks, with expected environmental damage triggering the most anger from society.