In an interview with CNN Türk, Yusuf Akçayoğlu, Chief Executive Officer of İGA Airports Construction, pointed out the great relevance of INA for Turkey’s economy.
For instance, up to now, 2.5 million cubic meters of concrete have been processed on the building site, 30,000 tons of steel for the terminal, and 450,000 square meters of glass for the façades.
“Around 80 percent of the material comes from Turkey,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu. Currently more than 31,000 people are working at the building site, making İGA the biggest employer in this sector. “We will raise this number to 35,000 to compensate for the difficult weather conditions last winter.”
Once INA opens in the last quarter of 2018, around 100,000 people will be employed. This number will rise to 225,000 at later stages when the airport is fully complete. Taking indirect effects and subsectors into account, the airport will employ around 1.5 million people.
“That is a record for Turkey,” said Yusuf Akçayoğlu who stressed the dimensions of the airport. “We will overtake Atlanta as the biggest airport in the world with an area covering 76.5 million square meters.
“We are working in very difficult conditions,” Yusuf Akçayoğlu stressed. Most of the field in the district of Arnavutköy along the Black Sea coast was previously mining territory and wetland. Nevertheless, İGA needs just 42 months to complete the airport. Yusuf Akçayoğlu: “Others would take ten years for this.”