Turkey Opens Expanded Runway

4 July 2010 (Last Updated July 4th, 2010 18:30)

Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, resumed flights on its short runway on 30 June, following a repair and upgrade programme. The 2,300m long and 60m wide 05-23 runway, formerly named 06-24, has been extended by another 300m at a cost of TRY210m ($132m), according to World

Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, resumed flights on its short runway on 30 June, following a repair and upgrade programme.

The 2,300m long and 60m wide 05-23 runway, formerly named 06-24, has been extended by another 300m at a cost of TRY210m ($132m), according to World Bulletin.

A new lighting system compatible with CAT3 standards was also installed as part of the repair process.

Ataturk, which handled a total passenger traffic of 30 million in 2009, is one of the busiest airports in Europe.