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On the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the country has witnessed a historic moment with the opening of Istanbul’s new airport.
The grand opening ceremony for the first phase of the airport was held with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish ministers, officials and heads of state from around the world in attendance. As well as boosting Istanbul’s position as a global aviation hub, the new airport is expected to make significant contributions to the Turkish economy.
Erdoğan said the name of the new airport was decided to be Istanbul Airport and added that Atatürk airport will maintain its status as an airport but to be closed to commercial flights.
The inauguration ceremony kicked off with Parliament Spaker Binali Yıldırım, who has important contribution in the project as a former prime minister and transport minister, saying it was an honor to mark the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic with such a work of art.
Speaking at the opening, Transport Minister Cahit Turhan said one-third of the world’s population will have direct access to the new airport.
The ceremony was attended by more than 50 foreign leaders, ministers and high-level officials including Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, Pakistan President Arif Alvi, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, Former President of Albania Ilir Meta, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, Slovenian Deputy PM Alenka Bratusek, Georgian FM David Zalkaliani, Iranian FM Cevad Zarif, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić, Governor of the Gagauz Autonomous Republic Irina Vlah.
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