Turkey, which has been the most important connection point of trade between the East and the West for centuries, is combining the modern Silk Road with air traffic. Turkey, which has been one of the fastest growing aviation markets of Europe thanks to its average annual growth performance exceeding 10% for the last decade, hosted 87 million local and foreign passengers in 2016. The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey in 2017 amounted to 32.41 million people. In 2018, 40 million tourists are expected to visit in Turkey.
The Airport that will make Istanbul, from where the flights are performed to the highest number of destinations in the world, one of the most important hubs of the global aviation market is being constructed on an area of 76.5 million square meters in the northern part of the city. Istanbul Airport will host more than 100 airline companies and will be able to reach more than 300 destinations.
Istanbul Airport that is the world's largest airport terminal under one roof will have a capacity of serving 90 million passengers in the first phase. It is going to be opened on October 29, 2018 with its two 3,750 and 4,100 meters long parallel runways that can be operated independently of each other, cargo city, maintenance facilities, hangars, general aviation and other support buildings.
The terminal building that has 5 pier blocks (1 pier for domestic lines and 4 piers for international lines) will serve all aircraft types, including also A380 super jumbos, with 77 passenger boarding gates and 143 passenger boarding bridges. 114 narrow body airplanes can dock with the terminal building at the same time. Apart from the terminal building, there are 29 aircraft parking positions in the cargo city established on an area of 1.4 million square-meters plus 25 wide body and 1 narrow body aircraft parking positions in the “Maintenance – Repair” areas. There are also 28 de-icing parking positions in order to serve aircrafts in challenging winter conditions. Apart from the terminal and support units, there are 97 remote parking stands in total, 33 of which are MARS type.