An aircraft carrying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan landed at Istanbul New Airport on June 21. The Turkish Governement Airbus A318CJ TC-ANK was the first passenger aircraft to land at the facility that will replace Istanbul’s existing airport on October 29.
President Erdoğan, who was met by ground crew and workers, said: “Today is a very, very meaningful day for us,” adding that the “magnificent airport” will become a leading hub for global air traffic. It will be one of the three biggest airports in the world with the annual capacity of 90m, passengers in the first phase. During his visit, Erdoğan announced that the old Atatürk Airport will be replaced by a huge park named ‘People’s Garden’ after Istanbul New Airport opens.
The construction of the airport, which covers an area of 823m sq ft (76.5m2) 22 miles (35km) north of Istanbul, is being carried out in four phases. When all are completed, it is projected that throughput will rise to 200m ppa. The facility will host almost 100 airlines flying to more than 300 destinations.
A video of the historic landing is available on youtube.
Photo: Istanbul New Airport will open on October 29. An aircraft carrying the Turkish president was the first passenger aircraft to land at the new facility. (İGA)