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New Istanbul airport to be “world’s largest”

Turkey has announced plans for a third airport in Istanbul.

Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Binali Yildirim stated that it will be the world's largest, with an estimated annual passenger capacity of 150 million.

The airport will occupy a nearly 90,000 sq m plot between the Yeniköy and Akpinar districts of the European side of Istanbul.

Mr Yildirim said the tender for the airport is set to be held on May 3. The airport is expected to be ready by the summer of 2016.

Currently, the city has two airports: Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, handling 37 million passengers, and 13 million passengers respectively.

However, the government believes they are insufficient to meet growing domestic and international passenger demands.