New airport in Istanbul is launched
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the Istanbul Airport, destined to be the biggest airport of the world, across 76.5 million square meters with a magnificent ceremony. The first phase of the new Istanbul Airport was completed in 42 months and became operational on the 95th Anniversary of the Foundation of Republic. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the new airport with a magnificent ceremony. The first phase consists of the main terminal building of 1.4 million m2, 2 runways, an Air Traffic Control Tower and supporting buildings.
The opening ceremony of the new Istanbul Airport, a milestone in world engineering history, the construction of which commenced in 2015, hosted a high number of government officials. Head of Turkish Grand National Assembly Binali Yıldırım, Vice President Fuat Oktay, Presidential Sposkesman İbrahim Kalın, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler, Ministry of Treasure and Finance Berat Albayrak, Ministry of the Interior Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy, Minister of National Education Ziya Selçuk, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli, Minister of Commerce Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Cahit Turan, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Labor, Social Security and Family Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Kasapoğlu joined the ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta, President Of The Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Kosava Hashim Thaci, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Akıncı, The President Of The Republic Of Moldova Igor Dodon, President Of The Republic Of Serbia Aleksandar Vujić, Sudan President, Feldmareşal Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan Oktay Asadov, President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan Oktay Asadov, Chairman Of The Council Of Ministers Of Bosnia And Herzegovina (Prime Minister) Dr. Denis Zvizdic, Bulgarian Prime Minister Of Boyko Borisov and President of the Gagauz Autonomous Republic of the Republic of Moldova Irina Vlah attended the grand opening ceremony. Turkish Airlines will fly back and forth to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Azerbaijan‘s Baku and Ankara, Antalya and İzmir every day, holding the code ISL until December 31.
The first flight following the inauguration was to Ankara at 11:10 on Wednesday, October 31. The “big bang” aeronautical service transition from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Istanbul Airport will commence on December 30 and end on December 31. Istanbul Airport well overrides its competitors with its size. Istanbul Airport will have the capacity to serve 90 million people by October 29 and 200 million passengers per year once all phases are completed. Currently Atlanta Airport is the busiest airport serving the highest number of passengers with 104 million passengers per year.