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Limak, Turkey’s global player in airport construction and management, is accustomed to doing construction work in tough environments; from -40 degrees in Khabarovsk, to sites in Kuwait, where the air temperature is 55 degrees in the shade.
“We aspire to construct and operate airports all over the world. We are closely monitoring nearly 20 airports worldwide in 2019,” said Haldun Firat Kokturk, Limak’s general manager for airport operations. In a meeting with journalists, Kokturk said that his company has accumulated significant experience in aviation, and that the Turks have made significant progress in the global arena in construction and engineering.
“We are in the airport business in Russia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We did not even leave the job in Egypt, which had two revolutions. Recently, we had interest in airports in Japan, America, France and more. We also have interest in European countries and India. At this stage, the administrations of the countries are also inviting us, while we keep tracking the projects.”
The cost of investments made from scratch is much more lower than enlarging and replacing investments, Kokturk noted. He indicated that at this point, the Istanbul Airport is a correct and strategic move for Turkey.
“The U.K. will enlarge the Heathrow airport in London with an investment of £14 billion pounds,” Kokturk said, giving a comparative example. “This investment will contribute £187 billion to the U.K. economy. It will also create 180,000 additional jobs. The importance of the Istanbul Airport can be understood only with this example.”
Kokturk stated that the Limak Group’s target is “being the company preferred by all the administrations of the world in the airport construction and operation business in 5 years.” Köktürk said that the construction of the second terminal of the Kuwait International Airport has reached an important stage. This is the biggest job Turkish contractors have received for a single item, worth $4.5 billion. They were also willing to run the project, Koturk added.