Turkish Airlines to make first flights from Istanbul’s new airport to Turkish Cyprus, Azerbaijan
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
“In line with [Turkey's] 2023 targets, our orders on 14 aircraft including four cargo [planes] will arrive this year. We will have 41 next-generation aircraft in 2019,” he said.
Turkey's 2023 Vision, marking the centenary of the Republic of Turkey, sets specific targets for improvements in the areas of economic activity, energy, healthcare, and transport, including joining the world's top 10 economies.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's aircraft on June 21 made the first ever landing at Istanbul's new colossal airport, which is expected to formally open to air traffic on Oct. 29, Turkey's Republic Day.
Upon completion, the third airport in the city- 90 percent of which is already completed- will be the world's biggest project built from scratch.
In the second phase, which is expected to be completed in 2023, the number is expected to rise to 150-250 million.
After completion of the first phase, the airport will have a capacity of 3,500 takeoffs and landings per day. It will also include a 100,000 square meter residential area as well as a mega car park with a capacity for 25,000 vehicles, a 42-kilometer-long (26 miles) baggage handling system, and 143 indoor bridges for passengers.