Istanbul Airport lacks special devices to prevent lightning strikes - report

Istanbul Airport lacks crucial equipment for eliminating the effects of lightning strikes, columnist Murat Ağrıel wrote for nationalist opposition daily Yeniçağ on Monday.

The İGA consortium, which holds the rights to operate Istanbul Airport for 25 years, has abandoned the construction of a Faraday cage, which is used to protect against actual electric currents such as lightning strikes, Ağrıel said.

İGA landed a contract with an energy company to set the Faraday cage. The company installed lightning rods but İGA later stopped it from placing grounding cables, according to the columnist.

An executive for the energy company said passengers could lose their lives if lighting strikes the airport's 300-acre roof.

Istanbul Airport, one of the mega-projects of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been the subject of criticism since it became fully operational, with some experts voicing concerns that its construction quality does not meet international standards.