|  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Yıldırım denies reports of Atatürk Airport conversion to congress center

MINISTER BINALI YILDIRIM SAT DOWN WITH THE BIMONTHLY TURKISH REVIEW TO DISCUSS THE PROJECTS HIS MINISTRY IS WORKING ON TO IMPROVE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION IN TURKEY. (PHOTO: ALİ ÜNAL)
11 November 2012, Sunday /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım has denied media reports claiming that İstanbul Atatürk Airport will be shut down and converted into a congress center after a new airport is built in the city.

The reports said the planned conversion of Atatürk Airport into a conference center is part of İstanbul's bid to become an international hub for conventions. However, responding to questions from reporters following a meeting over the weekend, Yıldırım disputed the reports and said, “Atatürk Airport will not be closed down but will continue operations at reduced capacity.”

Atatürk Airport has started to fall short of meeting the increasing demands of millions of passengers who frequently transit İstanbul. In 2011, Atatürk Airport saw more than 37 million passengers, compared to 13 million for the city's second-largest airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, which is located on the Anatolian side.

The planned new airport is expected to be built in the northern part of İstanbul on the European side near the Black Sea. With an initial capacity of 60 million passengers a year, the new airport will cost about TL 10 billion ($5.6 billion).

 
 
BUSINESS  Other Titles
Minister: Passage of South Stream pipeline via Turkey possible
Number of job seekers hits 10-year high
Turkish central bank meeting eyed for signs of political meddling
Pakistan publishes list to embarrass tax cheats into paying up
Passage of South Stream pipeline via Turkey possible
Turkish cement firms eye assets after Holcim-Lafarge merger
Turkish schools help to enhance trade relations with Africa
Unemployment rate sees decrease year-on-year in Jan
Pegasus Airlines to start flights to Bahrain
Installment payments down 16 pct since credit card regulation implemented
Euro zone's trade surplus widens on rising exports in February
Doğan Holding merges with publishing group
Turkey's Koç: We will concentrate our energy on investments
EU lawmakers complete financial system overhaul
Egypt limits air conditioning in mosques as power shortages worsen
TL 1.5 billion budget deficit seen in Q1
Cacharel to bring womenswear to Turkey with 2015 season
Business organization begs for refocus on economy
Purge in bureaucracy may unsettle markets, economist warns
Industrial turnover index falls 0.2 pct in February
...
Bloggers