Turkey re-opens short runway of Istanbul airport to flights

The repaired and extended short runway of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was re-opened to flights on Wednesday.

Turkey re-opens short runway of Istanbul airport to flights

The repaired and extended short runway of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was re-opened to flights on Wednesday.

The 2,300-meter long and 60-meter wide runway, which was closed to air traffic in March 2010, was opened to air traffic after being extended for another 300 meters.

Planes started to use the runway by 9:30 a.m. this morning.

The runway, previously known as 06-24, will be named 05-23 from now on, officials said.

The repair process, which also included a new lighting system compatible with CAT3 standards, cost nearly 210 million Turkish liras, sources added.

Ataturk International Airport, formerly known as Yesilkoy International Airport, is the major international airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

Opened in 1924 and located in Yesilkoy district on the European side of Istanbul, it is about 24 km west of the city centre.

In 1980, the airport was renamed as Ataturk International Airport in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

With a total passenger traffic of 30 million for the year 2009, it is 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 also one of the busiest airports in Europe.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2010, 12:47

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