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Istanbul New Airport opens and plans to serve up to 200 million travelers a year with six runways

airport istanbul 2018-10-28 22:58 UTC


The ceremony takes place today, on Republic Day, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and more than 50 foreign leaders, ministers and high-level officials.

Istanbul New Airport, on the European side of the city, on shores of the Black Sea, will serve 90 million passengers annually in its first phase. On November 1st, two runways — 3,750 and 4,100 meters long — will go into service as a part of the first phase, with 5 daily flights.

At its completion in ten years, it will occupy nearly 19,000 acres and serve up to 200 million travelers a year with six runways. That's almost double the traffic at world's biggest airport currently, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson.

During the first phase, the New Airport will have the IATA airport code ISL. On December 31 2018, all equipment from Atatürk Airport will be transferred by truck to the new airport. After the equipment transfer, Atatürk Airport will be closed to all scheduled passenger air traffic. Its IST IATA airport code will be inherited by Istanbul New Airport.

The world’s busiest airports

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia) — 104 million passengers


  1. Beijing Capital International Airport (China) — 96 million



  1. Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) — 88 million



  1. Tokyo Haneda International Airport (Japan) — 85 million


  1. Los Angeles International Airport (California) — 84.6 million


  1. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (Illinois) — 80 million
  1. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (Illinois) — 80 million
  2. London Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom) — 78 million
  3. Hong Kong International Airport (China) — 73 million
  4. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) — 70 million
  5. Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France) — 69 million
  6. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands) — 68.5 million
  7. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Texas) — 67 million
  8. Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport (China) — 66 million
  9. Frankfurt Am Main Airport (Germany) — 64.5 million
  10. Atatürk International Airport (Turkey) — 64 million
  11. Indira Gandhi International Airport (India) — 63.5 million
  12. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia) — 63 million
  13. Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) — 62.22 million
  14. Incheon International Airport (South Korea) — 62.16 million
  15. Denver International Airport (Colorado) — 61 million


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