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Old 27th October 2018, 15:49   #1 (permalink)
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First Look New Airport Istanbul

200 MILLION passenger capacity Istanbul new airport will have its soft launch in 2 days on Monday, Oct. 29 2018 Symbolic date of the Founding of the Turkish Republic.

The expected fully operational grand opening was originally planned on the closing of Ataturk Airport and the transfer of all flights from Ataturk airport to the new Airport this has now been delayed and AA will now stay open to 31st December 2018.

The Controversial Airport will finally open..... after complaints and demonstrations due to deep environmental concerns, Nepotism, and corruption, bitter demonstrations resulting in arrests of workers due to bad labor practice in both health and safety and workers payments, still many in debt because of not being paid for 3 months.... and concerns on how will they ever fill the capacity forecasted.

I also notice the new airport's Metro is not proposed to open till 2020 and its 43km out of town ( if its anything like Sabiha Gökçen proposed Metro "don't hold your breath" still not open )

The Turks will be glad I guess that it will finish at all, on seeing what has happened due to the economic crisis to 2 of The present Governments Mega Projects the Istanbul Channel canceled ( sorry postponed ) and the Mega Mosque to equal Mecca ( in minarets etc ) Çamlıca Republic Mosque opening but bankrupting the builders.




From the link ..........The 10.5 billion euro (~$12 billion) project hasn’t come without controversy. Workers have long complained about working and living conditions. They’ve complained of a lack of safety both at their workplace and their housing, as well as lack of hygiene, living quarters infested with bedbugs and inedible food. In late September, workers were even arrested for protesting unlawfully and damaging property. Hundreds were detained.

At a press conference on Thursday, Samsunlu said that IGA was committed to “fixing the problems they raised.” When pushed further for an update on how many workers were killed during the 42-month construction period, he grew visibly frustrated.

“[I have] the deepest sympathy for any loss,” he said, before turning blame toward the workers: “They need to watch out what they’re doing.” Samsunlu said that, to his knowledge, there have been 30 confirmed deaths of workers.

First Look Inside Istanbul New Airport, Soon to Be the World’s Largest

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“[I have] the deepest sympathy for any loss,” he said, before turning blame toward the workers: “They need to watch out what they’re doing.” Samsunlu said that, to his knowledge, there have been 30 confirmed deaths of workers.

True figure closer to 400. But hey ho, that's the price of progress.


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I wonder if HSBC will transfer their Premier Lounge ??
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We will be in Istanbul airport for a stay in the city for four nights from 23rd November. We do hope we will find the HSBC lounge on our return journey to Gatwick !!
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Rumors are it is to be called Erdogan Airport ....
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Not the name I would call him then.
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Name of the New Airport not as rumored Erdogan Airport or some controversial Sultan but ta dah. just ..... "Istanbul Airport" not very original.......
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I wonder if HSBC will transfer their Premier Lounge ??
You may only use the Premier Lounge if your Premier account is Turkish, ours is English so we were refused entry last month.
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That's correct Mollag. Luckily we have a Turkish one. They changed the rules - before you could use you English card.
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That's correct Mollag. Luckily we have a Turkish one. They changed the rules - before you could use you English card.
I think you can go in with your UK HSBC Premier card but it costs, I remember 75tl ?? Probably gone up since I was last there in June this year.
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