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Istanbul to unveil new airport, seeks to be world’s biggest

A security guard stands inside a terminal at Istanbul’s new airport, ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

A security guard stands inside a terminal at Istanbul’s new airport, ahead of its opening. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held plenty of grand opening ceremonies in his 15 years at Turkey’s helm. On Monday he will unveil one of his prized jewels — Istanbul New Airport — a mega project that has been dogged by concerns about labour rights, environmental issues and Turkey’s weakening economy.

Erdogan is opening what he claims will eventually become the world’s largest air transport hub on the 95th anniversary of Turkey’s establishment as a republic. It’s a symbolic launch, as only limited flights will begin days later and a full move won’t take place until the end of the year.

 

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