Arrive at Istanbul’s Atatürk International – all too often after passing time in a holding pattern over the city’s western reaches – and you get a clear impression of an infrastructure straining to accommodate the ambitions of the country’s aviation sector. The gateway to Turkey’s biggest metropolis does not have enough gates and aircraft frequently have to park on remote stands. Surrounded by housing and businesses, expanding the footprint of Europe’s fourth-busiest airport has proved tricky.
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