Istanbul Prepares to Welcome the World


Leveraging its enviable geographic position where east meets west, Turkey has unveiled the first phase of a new airport for Istanbul which aims to be the world’s busiest and best.

The project is reputed to have cost US$12bn.

FOR AIRLINES and passengers alike, the experience of flying to or through Istanbul in recent years has often been bothersome. The city’s two existing international airports, Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen have been pushed to the limit of their theoretical capacity, with tricky transfers and an overwhelmed infrastructure. This is set to change radically, as a new airport – capable of handling up to 90 million passengers each year by 2021 – comes online.

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