The New Airport Salutes Istanbul with ‘1453’ Trucks

In the 564th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul, the İstanbul New Airport and its employees saluted Istanbul with 1453 trucks.

The İstanbul New Airport project, an infrastructure investment boasting the highest number of machinery involved in its development, has become a candidate for the Guinness World Records with a procession of 1453 trucks

Employees in the construction site of İstanbul New Airport, which is the largest project in the history of the Republic of Turkey, commemorated the 564th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul and saluted the city and its inhabitants with a magnificent and dramatic choreography.

The procession of 1453 trucks took place on Runway 1 of the İstanbul New Airport. Around 3,000 employees participated in the procession, which covered a massive area and lasted 1 hour and 47 minutes, following a preparation phase that took a full 7 hours. For the procession, 2,200 trucks were kept ready in the machine park of the İstanbul New Airport, which boasts 3,022 state-of-the-art vehicles.

Regarding the meaningful gesture dedicated by IGA workers to İstanbul, CEO of İGA Airport Construction, Yusuf Akcayoglu said: “Today, all members of IGA family, particularly our engineers, drivers and workers, commemorated the memory of the conquest of Istanbul on May 29, 1453, which represents a significant threshold for world history. Akin to the conquest spirit which marked the end of an era and initiated a new one, we have always been a nation that demonstrated what we can achieve as long as we stand as one. Holding on to the same spirit, we are exerting a full-fledged effort in order to put into life the Istanbul New Airport, a project that the whole world is watching closely. Our employees who put forth their hard work, determination and virtues on a day by day basis worthily of our country, came up with a meaningful choreography in memory of the Conquest of our Istanbul. We are proud to prove the world our power by crowning the name of our country thanks to the loyalty and sacrifice of our employees in this project. When completed, Istanbul New Airport will surely close an era in the aviation history and kick off a whole new period.”

As part of the event, 1453 trucks covered 3.2 kilometers of ground in an unbroken procession line. Moving at a fixed speed, these 1453 performed a trial for a Guinness record in the “Longest Truck Procession” category. Thus, İGA employees officially attempted to break the standing record, which was set in 2004 by a project in the Netherlands with 416 trucks, with over three times the number. Present during the attempt were Guinness Records Consultant Prof. Dr. Orhan Kural as well as relevant officials.