In the capital city of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan – Ashgabat these days was launched one of the largest, most luxurious and most expensive airports in the world.
International Airport “Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great” is the largest in the region of Central Asia and is a confirmation of the grand eccentricity of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on the throne of the five million-strong country that is the fourth world stocks and ninth according to gas exports.
Berdymukhamedov came to power in this country since 2006 when he succeeded Saparmurat called Turkmenbashi (Father of the Turkmen) in whose honor it was named airport.
Great airport seemed staggering 2.35 billion, or three times more than the airport in Sochi that Russia built for the Winter Olympics. This “heavenly airport” covers an area of 1,200 hectares and it is an amazing architectural marvel.
The airport is in the form of desert hawk in flight and under his beak is placed the portrait of President Berdymukhammedov. The area of the airport is 165.861 square meters. This architectural marvel leads to two avenues with eight lanes. The entrance to the airport is decorated with grandiose fountains, although much of the interior of the country has no water.
Turkish company “Polimex” was building this airport less than three years, and for construction were engaged 10 thousand local and 2 thousand Turkish builders. All Turkmen Cement worked round the clock in three shifts to be able to deliver cement for the construction of the airport.
The airport has received several prestigious awards and entered in the Guinness Book of Records because airport tapestry of 750 square meters is the largest in the world. It is anticipated that this airport is the main transport route between Europe and Asia. Dispatching control tower is 72 meters and has 46 terminals.
The area of the airport despite the five-storey building it constructed 80 different facilities. The tracks with a total length of 3800 meters, which allows the airport to accommodate the largest aircraft of today. Airport boasts a VIP lounge of 685 squares. There certainly has a hotel with 60 rooms and a presidential suite.
The airport is open 24 hours, but as far as is known, is currently no more than a night flight. It is equipped to receive about two thousand passengers per hour, but there are currently hardly 14 passengers per hour.