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Turkey's President opens new Istanbul Airport as global hub

Updated : October 30, 2018 11:52 AM IST

Turkey's president inaugurated a gleaming new aviation hub in Istanbul on Monday, a megaproject that he has pushed to fulfill his dream of making Turkey a global player.

The airport is expected to be fully operational by 2028, with six runways, servicing some 200 million passengers per year. The massive project, has been mired in controversy over worker's rights and environmental concerns amid a weakening economy.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as he inaugurates a new aviation hub in Istanbul on Monday.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as he inaugurates a new aviation hub in Istanbul on Monday.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan centre, along with other officials inaugurates the new airport in Istanbul.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan centre, along with other officials inaugurates the new airport in Istanbul.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A security guard stands inside a terminal at Istanbul's new airport, during a media day ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A security guard stands inside a terminal at Istanbul's new airport, during a media day ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
An airline employee stands in Istanbul's new airport ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
An airline employee stands in Istanbul's new airport ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A view of a terminal of Istanbul's new airport. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A view of a terminal of Istanbul's new airport. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Construction workers inside a terminal at Istanbul's new airport. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Construction workers inside a terminal at Istanbul's new airport. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
An aerial view of Istanbul's new airport ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
An aerial view of Istanbul's new airport ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Another aerial view of Istanbul's new airport. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Another aerial view of Istanbul's new airport. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Published : October 30, 2018 11:52 AM IST
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