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Atatürk airport named 'best airport in southern Europe'

ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency | 3/24/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Turkey's Istanbul Atatürk Airport landed the award for "Best Airport in Southern Europe" at a ceremony held by Skytrax, a Britain-based research group, on Tuesday.

Turkey's Istanbul Atatürk Airport landed the award for "Best Airport in Southern Europe" at a ceremony held by Skytrax, a Britain-based research group, on Tuesday.

A statement by TAV Airports Holding, the operator of Atatürk Airport, said on Wednesday that the Skytrax World Airport Awards were announced in Brussels and Atatürk Airport won "Best Airport" for southern Europe as a result of research conducted by Skytrax. TAV Istanbul Director General Kemal Ünlü accepted the award at the ceremony.

Spain's Barcelona Airport was the second best airport in the region and Madrid Airport third.

Atatürk Airport is the major international airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Located in Yeşilköy, on the European side of the city, it is 24 kilometers west of the city center. The airport is named in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. With total passenger traffic of 30 million for 2009, it was among the top 40 airports in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and top 20 in terms of international passenger traffic. It is Europe's ninth busiest airport.

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