World’s Biggest Airport
Istanbul New Airport is an international airport under construction in Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey.
The airport is planned as the largest airport in the world, with a 150 million annual passenger capacity in its last, planned expansion stage while remaining upgradable to 200 million at a undetermined future date upon necessity. The airport was planned due to lack of capacity in the existing airports of Istanbul. It will be the third international airport to be built in Istanbul after Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Atatürk Airport will be closed down for scheduled flights once the new airport is operational; and its IATA code IST will be transferred to the new airport.
As of February 2018, around 80% of the construction of the airport was completed. The inauguration of the airport is planned to take place on 29 October 2018 with test operations to commence already by February 26, 2018.
Better, faster, stronger: a new airport city emerges
So far, more than 1.5 million square metres of earth has been moved through excavations and levelling activities. What will rise on this space is primed to be an astonishing airport made up of three terminals (one of which is to become the world’s biggest), six parallel runways and the capacity to welcome 200 million passengers per year in its first phase. In preparation, Turkish Airlines announced it will add 40 wide-body aircraft to its fleet.
- A main terminal with a total passenger capacity of 90 million
- Multi storey car park
- Two North South runways & associated taxiway system Aprons
- Fuel farm & hydrant system
- Air traffic control tower
- Roads & infrastructures
- Support facilities
- North -South runway & associated taxiway system
- A terminal with a capacity of 30 million passengers, built at sea side
- North – South runway & taxiway system
- West – East runway & taxiway system
- 2 air traffic control towers
- Support facilities
- A satellite terminal with a capacity of 30 million passengers
- North – South runway & associated taxiway system