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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.

İstanbul, which is renowned for its rich history and culture got its own internet domain names .istanbul and .ist following the signing of a protocol between the Municipality of Istanbul and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Starting Wednesday, domain names designated for Istanbul will be available, ICANN’s vice president David Olive said, and added that ‘everybody will know Istanbul soon.’

Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbaş also praised the initiative and said that it is an innovative project which will make Istanbul a national brand.

Topbaş noted that the domain names will be available for public institutions after March, followed by organizations and foundations. He added that individual applications will be accepted after May 10.

Istanbul mayor’s personal website has been changed as kadirtopbas.istanbul as a surprise and he said that everyone else who would like to get their own website with .istanbul can do so from now on.

The Municipality of Istanbul signed a protocol with ICANN, The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers, for the registration of .ist and .istanbul as domain extensions. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş and ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade attended a ceremony yesterday in Istanbul for the signing of the protocol.

Mayor Topbaş said Istanbul was “in a position that can influence the world in many fields” and the municipality is exerting efforts to turn Istanbul into “a hub for everything.” Mentioning that few cities had their own domain names, Topbaş said, “Istanbul’s presence will be felt on the Internet as well.
I believe it is a great opportunity to boost recognition of Istanbul and further expand its role as a financial hub.”He emphasized that the city became the first out of 81 cities in Turkey to have its own domain name.

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade said at the ceremony that Istanbul managed to preserve its past while building its future, unlike other cities. “Istanbul is a unique city and imitated by others. It will now have more (online) visibility and websites will benefit from those new domain names,” he said.

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