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Turkmenistan Opens $2.3 Billion Falcon-Shaped Airport
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Architecture5 years ago

Turkmenistan Opens $2.3 Billion Falcon-Shaped Airport

There’s a new airport in Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat and it looks fierce! The falcon-like structure cost $2.3 billion and can process over 1600 passengers an hour. Unfortunately, only 105,000 tourists visited the country in 2015 or 12 an hour which made a lot of people question the purpose of the project.

Turkmenistan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It produces about 70 billion cubic metres of natural gas each year which is the main source of income for the country with the population of 5 million. Like many post-soviet countries, it suffers high levels of corruption. It also has dictatorship rule, therefore the media is controlled by the government.

(h/t: bbc)

Image credits: AP Photo

Image credits: Polimeks

Image credits: Polimeks

Image credits: AFP

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Vincent Jay
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5 years ago

Beautiful building, but I question the wisdom of spending that much money on a building, when millions of Turmeni citizens are living in relative poverty.

Uche E
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5 years ago

They're not living in "relative poverty". Who told you that??

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Cassie
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5 years ago

I'm not sure it's practical, but it certainly is pretty.

Jonathan Eatsalot
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5 years ago

The poor are unimpressed

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Vincent Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful building, but I question the wisdom of spending that much money on a building, when millions of Turmeni citizens are living in relative poverty.

Uche E
Community Member
5 years ago

They're not living in "relative poverty". Who told you that??

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Cassie
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm not sure it's practical, but it certainly is pretty.

Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
5 years ago

The poor are unimpressed

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