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      Turkey Unveils Plans for the Worlds Largest Airport

      Turkey plans to build what it says will be the largest airport in the world, eventually able to handle 150 million passengers per year, in a project predicted to cost more than 7 billion euros ($8.84 billion).
      Transport minister Binali Yildirim said the deadline for bids to build the airport, which will be Istanbul's third and have a total of six runways, would be May 3.
      The airport will add vital capacity in the region and enhance the role of Istanbul, the hub for flag carrier Turkish Airlines.
      "At full capacity the new airport will be the largest in the world in terms of passengers," Mr Yildirim told a news conference in Ankara.
      Turkey's economy, the fastest-growing in Europe, has advanced rapidly over the past decade under the leadership of prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and become a major trading partner with Europe and the Middle East.
      The tender will be for a 25-year lease in a four-stage project, with annual capacity of 90 million passengers planned for the first stage, Mr Yildirim added.
      "The final annual capacity of the airport will be 150 million. The first stage will be operational in 2017," he said.
      In comparison, London's Heathrow airport, which has two runways, handled 69.4 million passengers in 2011.
      Mr Erdogan said the tender would be launched this week, with the first stage of construction to be completed in three to four years.
      Turkish airport operator and builder TAV and construction company Limak are among the companies that have expressed interest in bidding for the contract.
      TAV also has the operating rights for Istanbul's Ataturk airport, the country's largest, until 2021.
      It said the Turkish airports authority would compensate it for any losses if the third airport opened while it was still running Ataturk.

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      Hmm and wheres the money coming from? Wonder if it will be like the one in Spain that now stands a ghost site.....

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      I don't know Turkey seem to be doing everything they can to get in the EU.