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Oct 30 2018

Turkey’s march underscored by new airport – Erdoğan adviser

Turkey’s new mega-airport in Istanbul, set to become the world’s largest in a few years, reflects the global ascent of the country under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Ilnur Çevik, a top aide to the president.

Despite all kinds of attempts to derail its progress, including a failed military coup in 2016, the economy is defying all odds and the world listens to Turkey as it makes an impact on regional and global issues, Çevik said in a regular column for the Daily Sabah newspaper on Tuesday.

“The massive, modern airport symbolises the giant strides Turkey has made in the past 95 years and how it is marching to fulfill Atatürk's legacy of "surpassing the contemporary level of civilizations”.

Erdoğan opened the new facility just east of Istanbul on Monday. The inauguration coincided with celebrations to mark the anniversary of the establishment of modern Turkey by its first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on Oct. 29, 1923. The airport is set to cater for 150 million passengers per year, dwarfing European peers, and will reach its full capacity in 2023, the country’s centenary.

Turkey has become a powerful player in Syria, flexing its muscles when its vital interests are threatened. The country has also shown its qualities as a peacemaker by managing a crisis over the region of Idlib with great finesse, Çevik said.

Ankara has also set an example to the world’s leading countries by helping the oppressed and providing an alternative to imperialism and modern colonialism, he said.

“Now Turkey has changed its system of government to streamline its official activities and speed up the functioning of the state with a presidential system that will lead us to 2023 and help fulfill our goals,” Çevik said. “The road ahead is tough, but not impossible to overcome.”