A Turkish Airlines plane prepares to take off at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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The builders of the world's biggest airport are talking with lenders for an additional 1 billion euros ($1.23 billion) to complete the first phase of the airport, two people with knowledge of the plan said.The group of five local contractors is tapping banks already exposed to the project, going back to the lenders that gave an initial 16-year loan in 2015 for 4.5 billion euros, said the people, who asked not to be identified. The extra loan will help the consortium to finish the construction work on the six-runway airport, which is designed to handle 90 million passengers annually in its first phase, the people said.
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