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Report: Turkmenistan's Falcon Airport Sinking

Picture of the recently inaugurated Ashgabat international airport. (Photo: Turkmenistan.gov.tm)

With characteristic pomp, Turkmenistan unveiled an idiosyncratic new airport terminal in the capital shaped like a falcon thrusting through desert air, to acclaim last year.

And now, if a report in RFE/RL’s Turkmen service Radio Azatlyk is to believed, the $2.3 billion building in Ashgabat is slowly sinking into the sand.

Azatlyk reported on January 13 that representatives from Turkish construction company Polimeks, which built the terminal, have been summoned to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to answer for themselves. And, perhaps more importantly, to explain how this news got into the media in the first place.

Azatlyk cited its source as saying that a special commission has been set up to study the subsidence and come up with ways of resolving the issue. French construction giant Bouygues, which was also involved in building the terminal, has been drafted to effect repairs.

Problems apparently began to appear in December, when sheets of glass fell out of place and communication cables began to fail.

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Report: Turkmenistan's Falcon Airport Sinking

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