Minister Attends Istanbul’s Third Airport Inauguration Ceremony
Istanbul – Turkey
Commissioned by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti witnessed yesterday the inauguration of the Istanbul New Airport.
HE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the new facility. Several chiefs of states, world leaders and high-profile government officials attended the opening ceremony.
The inauguration of Phase I of Istanbul’s third airport coincides with the Republic Day of Turkey, which falls on Oct. 29.
Quoting Turkish officials, Istanbul’s third airport on its first phase will be able to accommodate some 90 million travelers a year and more than 150 million travelers by 2023, making it the world’s largest airport.
The airport is scheduled to complete on multiple phases and has a future expansion plan. It is replacing the 65-year-old Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which will no longer be operating as an airport, but rather be inaugurated as a megapark in coincidence with opening the new airport.
Qatar’s Ambassador in Ankara HE Mr. Salem bin Mubarak Shafi Al-Shafi and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Chairman HE Mr. Abdulla bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey attended the ceremony.