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Atatürk AirportIstanbul Atatürk International Airport broke its own air traffic record with 1,500 landings and takeoffs on Sunday, Turkey’s airports management agency said yesterday.

Sunday’s air traffic record at Atatürk Airport was the second in the same month following a previous record on Sept. 9 when 1,478 planes landed and took off in 24 hours. On Sunday, 749 planes landed and 751 others took off from Atatürk Airport, which is the 11th largest airport worldwide, providing services to 61.8 million passengers last year, according to the Airports Council International (ACI). It was also listed as the third busiest airport in Europe by ACI in 2015.

The record figures come nearly three months after a terror attack on June 28 at Ataturk Airport, killing at least 36 people and injuring nearly 150 others.

“Despite the terror attack in [June] and July 15 coup attempt, the great success [new record] demonstrates the continued rise in Turkish civil aviation,” said the head of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI), Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım, in a statement. “The new record also pointed out the need for a new airport in Istanbul,” Yıldırım added.

Turkey is building Istanbul’s third airport, which will open in February 2018, according to the Turkish Transport Ministry. The Cengiz-Kolin-Limak-Mapa-Kalyon consortium, a joint venture of Turkish companies, won a tender to build the third airport in Istanbul in 2013, pledging to pay the government 22.1 billion euros ($24.68 billion) for 25 years starting from 2017. With a more than 150 million passenger capacity annually, the airport is expected to become one of the biggest in the world and the biggest air transfer hub in Europe.

The airport will also act as a focal point for Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines, which is one of the fastest growing airline companies in the world, flying currently to more than 270 international destinations.


Metro Rio, Rio de Janeiro
Metro Rio, Rio de Janeiro
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has put together projects for two new metro lines to provide additional relief for Istanbul’s congested traffic, especially on the shores of the Bosporus.

One new metro line will be between the Beykoz and Üsküdar districts on the Asian side and the other will be constructed between Beşiktaş and Sarıyer on the European side of the city.

The tender for the projects will be held on June 27.

The Beykoz-Üsküdar line will be 18 kilometers long. The construction of the line is aimed to be completed in about 10 months after the bidding. The line will shorten the time it takes to travel between the two districts to about 30 minutes. Currently, it can take more than two hours during times of heavy traffic congestion.

The Beşiktaş-Sarıyer line will be 18.4 kilometers long and the tender bid for its construction will also be held on June 27. After completion, this line will also join with the Kabataş-Mahmutbey metro line.

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