Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establish Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. Upon final completion, the airport will welcome 200 million passengers per year. Coinciding with the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the Istanbul New Airport was officially opened by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Republic of Turkey. Passengers on the first Turkish Airlines flights to the new airport that was specially operated for the opening ceremony received souvenir tickets. Following the official opening of the new airport on October 29, 2018, Turkish Airlines is operating a limited number of domestic and international routes from there, while all operations and existing flight schedules will run as usual from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Additional flights will be operated from Istanbul New Airport to Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Azerbaijan (Baku), and TRNC (Ercan) until December 30. Pursuant to existing planning, on December 31, all operations will move from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, after which, all flights will operate from Istanbul New Airport.
The mega project will be launched in four phases with the final phase set to be complete in 2028. The complex will boast of six runways, four terminals, and 233 aircraft parking positions, with a capacity to serve up to 200 million passengers a year with 500-plus check-in desks and 225,000 employees. Upon completion of the final phase, the largest international flight hub will incorporate offices, residences, hotels, a health centre, culture and art buildings, a shopping mall, designer outlets, an expo convention centre, and meeting and training facilities on site. At the opening ceremony, M İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines, commented, “Turkish Airlines starts an exciting new chapter as we move to our new home at Istanbul New Airport. The new hub of our national flag carrier plays an important role in Turkish Airlines’ future growth strategy and will offer a seamless experience to our passengers, international and domestic alike.”