Investing in the future of aviation at Istanbul Airport
Kadri Samsunlu, Chief Executive Officer of İGA Airport Operations, details the current state of the aviation industry in Istanbul and discusses how the airport is tackling the challenges that are being faced.
Turkey has been contributing important infrastructure investments into the aviation sector for the last 10 to 15 years, and Istanbul Airport has been an investment in the future, right from the start.
Istanbul Airport has been an investment in the future, right from the start”
Turkey has increased its connections by 386.1 per cent between 2009 and 2019, making it the sixth fastest growing airport in Europe. We have expanded our hub network by 353.3 per cent since 2009, ahead of Heathrow and Munich, thanks to infrastructure, convenient connection times and connection capacity.
To secure these airport investments, many challenging factors were considered simultaneously. These include high passenger demand, financing, tourism potential, strong local carriers, land without capacity problems and transportation. There are many large airports across Europe and many compete with Istanbul Airport. All are currently suffering from capacity restraints, which will only continue to increase over the years.