What a year it has been! A year full of work, of progress – and of acknowledgement. By the end of 2017, around 75 percent of İstanbul New Airport (INA) will be complete. It will be ready to operate in less than a year, on October 29, 2018, after just a 42-month construction period. An average of 30,000 people has been working at full speed. Even the bad weather conditions could not stop their enthusiasm.
Runways, airport tower, the terminal – with 1.3 million square meters the largest terminal complex under one roof – are all headed toward the finish line. The baggage system has been successfully tested, as have many other systems. A lot of technical innovations will enhance the passenger experience, including self-service equipment with biometric features, beacon and geo-location technologies, and smart kiosks, enabling passengers to check in more quickly.
İGA, constructor and operator of the İstanbul New Airport for 25 years, was present at many important international events in 2017, presenting the biggest infrastructure project in the history of Turkey. These include the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig, Germany, the world’s most prominent real estate exhibition MIPIM, held in Cannes, France, the Climate Week New York City in the United States, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. At each event, İGA received appreciation for its pioneering project.
Cracking the door open for the aviation of the future, agreements for İstanbul New Airport in different branches of business – from cargo to ground services and retail – have been signed in 2017. Allocation contracts signed with six companies regarding the Cargo City and Ground Services Campus amount to approximately EUR 250 million in total.
An international team of experts is currently making INA ready for action. The process, called ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer), began a long time ago. Six months before opening, INA will carry out small-scale trials that will become more frequent in the three months prior to the opening.
The upcoming year will be an exciting year for all of us at İGA. We hope for you too. All the best for 2018 and a merry Christmas from all of us!