PICS: This might be the busiest airport in the world come 2023

2018-10-26 10:03 - Marisa Crous
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Istanbul New Airport. (PHOTO: Marisa Crous)

“The future is in the skies.”

This quote by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk rings very true. 

Turkey is now one of the fastest growing countries in the world. With bustling cities like Istanbul, the beautiful nature of the Black Sea and many more attractions, the country has a lot to offer international travellers. And especially South Africans, as it boasts some of the lowest spend per day for travellers. (For example, a proper lunch like a Doner kebab = R13-R20).

READ: Istanbul now has the lowest spend per day for travellers - index finds

Currently, Turkey's biggest airport is Istanbul Atatürk Airport, yet this is about to change.

Turkey is going big.

On Monday, 29 October 2018, Istanbul New Airport will open its first terminal. The first of many that is. As a soft opening on Monday, the New Airport will a) reveal its new name and b) be offering flyers access to 3 local and 2 international destinations operated by its main carrier, Turkish Airlines.

In December its doors will open to many local and hundreds of international destinations. 300 of which Turkish Airlines fly to. 

Hoping to become the main hub for travellers between Asia and Europe by 2023, the New Airport plans to double the passenger capacity of Atatürk with the launch of its new terminal. Eventually targeting a capacity of 150-200 million passengers flowing through its terminals - making it the busiest in the world. 

Rivaling airport hubs like Dubai and Hong Kong, Istanbul New Airport is planning the biggest terminals in the world, the best security in the world with over 9000 CCTV cameras, and the greenest airport in the world. All in the effort to become the best and the biggest airport. 

READ: Africa only has one Megahub in the World’s Most Internationally Connected Airports Top 50 list 

A 30-40 minute drive from downtown Istanbul, operations will gradually move from Atatürk to the New Airport, as Atatürk has reached its capacity for growth. 

Turkish Airlines offers a daily, direct flight from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Istanbul. It also has a flight from Durban to Istanbul four times a week. Fly direct to Istanbul for holiday or use this hub to connect to the rest of the world.*  

Here's a first look at the interior: 

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(PHOTOS: Marisa Crous)

*Marisa Crous was hosted by Turkish Airlines and iGA for this trip. 

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