Istanbul’s new airport project gets underway

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan recently laid the foundation stone for Istanbul’s future mega airport near the Black Sea during the project’s groundbreaking ceremony.


Istanbul’s new airport project gets underway


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan recently laid the foundation stone for Istanbul’s future mega airport near the Black Sea during the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. The airport project, fully funded by the private sector, will provide desperately needed capacity as Turkey’s main gateway, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, is already running at nearly full capacity. The airport project goes in line with Turkish Airlines’ massive fleet expansion and the carrier’s ambitious plans to become one of the leading passenger and cargo carriers worldwide.

“This new airport, which we kick-off today, is the largest and most complex project ever undertaken in Turkey. Once operational, about 80,000 people will work here for airlines, the airport operator, forwarding and handling agents, ground service providers and many firms doing business here,” Erdogan stated in his opening speech. And Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan enthused: “Due to this facility people from six continents will land and depart at Istanbul’s future gateway and thousands of cargo tonnes will be loaded, unloaded or transferred at this site.”

The new airport, which still lacks an official name, will be built in stages with the first phase slated to be completed in 2017 and able to handle 77 million passengers and more than two million tonnes of cargo. Once fully completed sometime in the 2020s, the airport will feature four passenger terminals and six runways with 6.5 million square metres of apron space able to accommodate parking of 500 aircraft.