The new airport in Istanbul will be fully operational on April 7
Turkish Airlines will move all its operations to the new airport in Istanbul from April 6, where it will have its ‘hub’ ending on that date all scheduled flights at Ataturk Airport.
In a statement, the Turkish airline reports that from April 6 onwards it will carry out all scheduled flight operations in Ataturk in the new facilities.
The new airport is expected to be fully operational as of April 7, once it takes over the Ataturk airport traffic, with no capacity to continue growing, a process that will take 45 hours, one month after the initial forecast aimed at to this month of March.
The new airport, which was partially opened at the end of October, aspires to become the largest in the world, for which it is necessary to complete an unprecedented ‘change’ in the history of global aviation. So far, a small number of Turkish Airlines flights already operate from the new airport.
Since then it works as a test, it was planned that the new infrastructure would be fully operational on March 3, replacing the current Atatürk airport, the fifth largest airport in Europe.
The airport began to be built in 2015. Designed in successive phases, it occupies a total of 76.5 million square meters. 35 kilometers from the center of Istanbul, the new airfield will start timidly, with just five Turkish Airlines routes, but aims to connect more than 50 national and 250 international destinations.
THE NEW AIRPORT ASPIRE 90 MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR
It will assume the traffic that until now has supported the airport of Ataturk, without capacity already to continue growing. The management company expects the new facilities to manage around 90 million passengers a year, with a view to reaching 200 million in a decade.
Once finished, it will have more than 500 check-in places, more than 140 boarding gates and 42 kilometers of conveyor belts to move the suitcases inside the facilities, according to the figures provided by the management company (IGA), which boasts to have a “giant” in his hands.
The investment has exceeded 10,000 million euros, but the CEO of IGA, Kadri Samsunlu, defended in the presentation to the press in Istanbul that will result in numerous benefits for the Turkish economy. It estimates that by 2025, 225,000 jobs will have been generated and the economic impact will be around 4.89% of GDP.
The public coffers, in addition, would obtain 22,200 million additional euros, according to these figures, which also analyzes the push that the new construction will have for an area still untapped. Only in real estate matters, IGA estimates that 4,400 million dollars (3,870 million euros) will be added.
To make this mega-operation possible, more than 4,000 workers have worked – and are still working – at the foot of the track. Precisely this workforce has been one of the main reasons for concern, after numerous demonstrations have been registered due to lack of security and problems in salary payments.