Saturday, 17 September 2016

Check out this amazing world's largest $2billion birdshape airport

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan has just unveiled a state of the art International  airport. 

AFP gathered that the airport is worth $2billion and will serve 17million passengers a year while freight terminal would handle 200,000 tons of freight annually.

The airport has five floors and its shaped like a giant bird ith a logo of Central Asian state carrier Turkenistan airlines which was built by a Turkish construction company Polimeks.

An unidentified source told AFP that the airport cost $2.35billion to build. He further stated that the country has also welcomed 105,000 tourists in 2015 from the records of the tourism committe. And efforts are being made to boost the sector.

Turkmenistan has fell on difficult economic times after the collapse in global prices for hydrocarbons, which make up nearly all the country’s exports.
Despite Berdymukhamedov officially encouraging belt-tightening, the country has continued to spend heavily on infrastructure ahead of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games it will host in Ashgabat.

The existing airport near the capital mainly caters to the state carrier and a short list of foreign airlines from Belarus, China, Russia and Turkey.

The country on Wednesday passed constitutional changes that will effectively allow Berdymukhamedov to rule for life, in the tradition of other strongmen in the ex-Soviet region.

Ashgabat, a white marble-clad city of one million people hosts golden statues of both Berdymukhamedov and erratic late predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov, whose own effigy rotated with the movements of the sun.


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