Turkish President opens the new mega-airport in Istanbul on Monday. According to the Turkish state news agency Anadolu, more than 50 high-ranking guests from all over the world are expected to attend the ceremony. Among the guests were the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Jawad Sarif. The Pakistani government announced that President Arif Alvi would also attend.
According to information provided by the operating company IGA, the airport has a capacity of 90 million passengers a year in a first phase. In ten years, he should then have a capacity of 200 million passengers - that would make him at the current state of the largest airport in the world. According to the International Airport Review, the airport with the highest passenger traffic last year was the one in Atlanta in the US (just under 104 million travelers). By comparison, Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt am Main handled almost 64.5 million passengers in 2017.
For now, only a few destinations are served
The airport is fully operational - the name of which is not yet known - but only at the end of December. As of Monday, only five destinations will be served by the new Istanbul airport: three at home and two abroad (Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan).
On 29 December, the semi-state airline Turkish Airlines then begins the move from Atatürk Airport to the new airport on the Black Sea. The move should take 45 hours, according to the airline. Laying of the foundation stone was in June 2014.
According to IGA data, the construction of the airport costs a total of 10.25 billion euros. He will replace the Atatürk Airport, which is chronically overrun. Erdogan had announced that he would turn it into a park.