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Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, the largest in the country, is nearing its capacity limits.

Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, the largest in the country, is nearing its capacity limits.

A fourth runway is planned to double the capacity of Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, meeting estimated demand for the next 10 years, according to daily Hürriyet.

The State Airports Authority started working on the project after Turkish Airlines requested a new runway. 

The project, which has been approved by the government, will ease the burden of air traffic at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport and prevent delays.

“The project, which will save the future of Atatürk Airport, will be completed in one year following the tender process,” Cebeci said. 

The new runway will be 2,500 meters long and 60 meters wide, according to the plan. 
The talks regarding the handover of a part of the airport used by the Turkish Air Force to the State Airports Authority is in the final phase, Hürriyet also said. 

That part will be used as an apron enlarging the parking lot for aircraft. 

With the new runway and the apron, the air traffic at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport will rise to 70 planes per hour. 

February/28/2012

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