Turkey launches tender to build world’s biggest airport

(AFP) – Turkey launched Thursday a tender to build in Istanbul what aims to be the world’s largest airport at an estimated cost of over 7 billion euros ($9.3 bn), an official from the country’s airports authority said.

“As of today, interested firms can start doing their math on the project and decide if they want to apply on May 3 when the tender closes,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity as the project documents became available.

The project foresees the construction of a six-runway airport eventually capable of handling 150 million passengers per year, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday.

That would far outpace Hartsfield-Jackson airport in the US city of Atlanta, which is currently the world’s busiest with over 90 million passengers likely to have been served in 2012.

Plans are to have operating by 2016 facilities capable of handling some 100 million passengers per year at an expected cost of over 7 billion euros.

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