Robot stewardess will smile at millions of passengers at the new Istanbul airport

In 2019 flights began landing at Istanbul's new airport, whose construction cost $ 11 billion.

 Istanbul's new airport
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The monstrous complex spans a large area as ​​Manhattan Island and may become the busiest airport in the world. 

How can millions of confused passengers navigate a 270 million square meter airport with five terminals and 143 boarding gates?

One answer, according to airport officials, is robots. According to an official video showing their characteristics to the public, the robots have been specially designed for this compound, and they are mounted on wheels.


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The blue, round machines, the size of a small child, have a bright digital face, big, round eyes and a constant smile that seems to make people feel comfortable.

When the robots talk, their mouths flash, their eyes wink and their hands move up and down. 


A touch screen attached to the robot's chest allows customers to communicate with the machine. "My capabilities include pointing a route, providing directions, checking flight times, and flight status questions," says the robot between videos showing him helping clients and moving around circles. "I look forward to meeting the new passengers at Istanbul Airport every day."


In the airport video, no mention to how many will move in the compound. Business Insider magazine reports that four robots are already ready for use today.


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Istanbul Airport is 30 miles out of the city, on the Black Sea coast. It can transport up to 200 million people each year. 

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, by comparison, receives about half that number, and is considered the busiest port in the world. 


"We're starting to get to dimensions that we once thought were unrealistic," he told New York Times Andrew Thomas, a partner at the Grimshaw Design Company, which designed the Istanbul airport. "It doesn't matter what you put in it, if the walk is so long and tiring for people, from the entrance to their gate."


Similar robots have recently appeared in other places, such as in hospitals. At Mongkutwatana Hospital in Bangkok, they needed help moving paperwork mountains earlier this year, using the assistance of robots dressed in bright yellow dresses and long brown wigs, helping to move the archive to its new location.

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