Istanbul, Turkey - Republic of Turkey
NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL IS OPENED IN ISTANBUL.
TURKEY-AIRPORT:ISTANBUL,3JAN00 - A passenger holds his first day passenger package presented by airport officials while waiting to board his plane at the new international airport terminal in Istanbul January 3 during an opening ceremony to meet rising demand both business and tourist traffic. The new terminal, able to handle 14 million passengers a year and built at a cost of 306 million USD, was opened eight months ahead of schedule as part of city's Ataturk Airport complex. The building was designed to withstand earthquakes measuring up to 8.5 on Richter scale.