Istanbul New Airport to affect entire European airspace
Once fully operational, the new airport, set to become the world's largest, will strengthen Istanbul's position as a transfer hub and boost the Turkish economy with a nearly 4.9 percent contribution to the country's gross domestic product by 2025.
The new airport, also known as the Third Airport, will transform the whole European airspace, operating direct flights to most of the countries in the continent. Accordingly, Turkey's General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ) has decided to expand Istanbul's airspace capacity.
In a meeting with members of the press, DHMİ General Manager and Chair Funda Ocak confirmed that Istanbul New Airport will open on Oct. 29 as previously announced by the Transportation, Maritime Affairs, and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan.
"The third airport will be operational on the due date. All development works to this point suggest that there will be no delay or setback."
She said that the crisis in the aviation sector was largely over in 2017 and the number of passengers has started to rise again.
"With the arrival of Russian tourists in Turkey, the sector experienced a quick recovery and we have struck new cooperation deals with tour operators to attract more European passengers," the DHMİ general manager said.
She said that the world was closely watching the project and that it will be Turkey's success story. She also confirmed that the first phase construction at the airport was 80 percent complete. ■