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Erdoğan, Aliyev inaugurate Turkey’s new Rize-Artvin airport

The Turkish and Azerbaijani presidents met Saturday and jointly inaugurated the Rize-Artvin Airport, Turkey’s 2nd airport built on reclaimed area in the rugged Black Sea region.

The first flight to the airport, Turkish Airlines (THY) flight 2538, which took off from Istanbul at 8:30 am local time (0530GMT) landed at the Rize-Artvin airport at 10:35 am local time (0735GMT).

The plane’s passengers were welcomed by Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu. Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi was the first to step off the plane, and spoke to about the significance of the airport.

The THY plane carrying 320 passengers was renamed “Rize-Artvin” to mark the inauguration, and the aircraft was piloted by Mustafa Inanç Ersoy, a native of the Pazar district of Rize.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev later arrived at the airport using charter flights.

In his speech, Aliyev reminded Turkey’s support in their victory in the Karabakh war, and said that most of the companies working in the airport currently are working to rebuild regions liberated from the Armenian occupation.

The airport, the second in Turkey built by using sea embankment after Ordu-Giresun Airport, has an annual capacity of 3 million passengers.

It is also the fifth airport in the world built on area reclaimed from sea, using 100 million tons of rocks in the process.

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