Subscribe Free
in Airports

Istanbul Airport officially opens

Posted 31 October 2018 · Add Comment

Istanbul Airport was officially opened on October 29 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

 

Erdoğan announced to over 5,000 guests at the official grand opening that: “The largest airport in the world shall be known as Istanbul Airport.”

Among those assembled to hear the President officially launch the new mega-hub included the leaders of over 10 countries and 50 other ministers and senior officials drawn from other nations with important business relations to the new airport.

Erdoğan said that Istanbul Airport would become an employment site for 225,000, and make a single contribution of 4.9% to Turkey’s GNP.

“While Istanbul Airport is the new home of Turkish Airlines global hub, we have also received significant interest from other airlines on the possibilities of launching new routes and frequencies, especially because of the ease of access created by dramatic increase in slots availability – within 16 months we’ll have a third runway, doubling the airside capacity over the existing airport,” said Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of İGA Airport. “I am tremendously proud of this day and what we have achieved since the concept of the airport was first announced in January 2013.”

Mert Başar, chief commercial officer İGA, added: “Besides well over 40,000 square metres of duty free retailing, we offer a complete blend of ‘global and local’ shopping and eating choices in what will be one of the most important platforms for the introduction of Turkish products and hero brands to millions of people from different nationalities.”

Following the official opening, preparation and testing will continue until end-December during which Turkish Airlines has launched an interim schedule of three domestic and two international services. After the full end-year transfer of the Turkish Airlines hub, and all other airline services, Istanbul Airport will be capable of processing 90 million passengers, later rising to provision for 200 million passengers, and upwards of 350 destinations. With the completion of all phases in 2025 Istanbul Airport will be a six-runway facility.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Gulfstream G280 sets city-pair record on renewable fuel

Gulfstream Aerospace has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by using sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to power a record- breaking flight by its class-leading super-midsize Gulfstream G280 aircraft.

First female fighter pilot makes history

Pilot Officer Shaikha Aisha bint Rashid Al Khalifa has become the first Bahraini woman to fly a military aircraft in the history of the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF), writes Jon Lake.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive addresses Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai

A Qatari delegation led by the Qatari Minister of Transport, Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, which also included the chairman of Qatarís Civil Aviation Authority, Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey and Qatar Airways Group chief

Spatial launches new website to support its global client base

Spatial, a provider of cabin crew training simulators based in Ras Al Khaimah, has launched its new company website to help further support its expanding global client.

Acropolis Aviation takes delivery of first ACJ320neo

Acropolis Aviation of the UK has taken delivery of the first ACJ320neo, which features new-generation engines and Sharklets to deliver a leap forward in range and economy.

Emirates tops the 2018 Business Traveller Africa Awards

Emirates has received three gongs at the Business Traveller Africa Awards.

ACCA19_SK0201080919
See us at
SaudiAirshowBT0711140319AIME19BTA3005120219MECAS_BT171218130219ACCA19_BT2141218280219Aviation Africa BT0607280219