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ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL--Relief is in sight for Istanbul's down-at-the-heels Ataturk Airport, national hub and transit center for THY-Turkish Airlines. The facility, with capacity for 10 million passengers, served 14.6 million last year, up from 12.4 million in 1996. Construction has begun on a new $300 million terminal--18 gates with airbridges, five gates for remote-parked planes-scheduled for completion by October 2000. Planned annual capacity: 20 million.

Flughafen Wien AG, which operates Vienna International Airport, has a 5% share in the Turkish construction consortium and will run the new airport complex for four years before it is turned over to the Turkish airport authority.

Total foreign carriers that served the aging airport increased from 183 in 1996 to 220 in 1997-many of them charter airlines. …

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