President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the third runway at Istanbul Airport
The opening of the third runway will increase the hourly aircraft landing-take-off capacity from 80 to 120.
FLIGHTS STARTED in Istanbul Airport, which was closed to passenger flights due to Covid-19 pandemic, with the normalization process that started on June 1.
On 14 June, new completed areas were opened, with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. According to the statement from IGA, the new runway will increase hourly aircraft landing-take-off capacity from 80 to 120. Istanbul Airport will be the first airport in Turkey that is capable of independent operations in parallel with the number of the tracks and becoming the second airport after the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in Europe with said runway. With the start of the third independent runway, there will be an approximately 50 percent decrease in the existing taxi times in domestic flights. According to the simulations, the average aircraft landing time will decrease to 11 minutes from 15 minutes, and the average aircraft takeoff time will decrease to 15 minutes from 22 minutes.
The second “End-Around Taxi Way”, which aims to alleviate the congestion at airports where air traffic is very busy, will be put into service with the new runway. Thus, there will be no restrictions on the movement of aircrafts on the ground at Istanbul Airport, which are landing and taking off at the same time. Istanbul Airport will now have 3 independent main runways and 2 spare runways thus having 5 operational runways. Thanks to the new runway, the air traffic capacity will increase from the number of take-offs and landings of 80 aircraft per hour to 120, while the flexibility of the airways will increase. With the new runway, an average of more than 2 thousand 800 landings and take offs can be reached daily.
The airport will reach a capacity of 200 million passengers in 2020.
Speaking at the ceremony President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the airport will reach a capacity of 200 million passengers in 2020. “We managed to increase the flights from 60 destinations abroad to 350. Air cargo capacity, which was 303 tons per day, has reached 2,500 tons,” Erdoğan added. The airport became fully operational on April 6, 2019. In its first full year, the airport hosted 74 airlines and welcomed more than 64 million passengers.
All scheduled commercial passenger flights were transferred from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport on April 6, 2019, following the closure of Istanbul Atatürk Airport for scheduled passenger flights. The IATA airport code IST was also transferred to the new airport. Once all phases are completed by the mid-2020s, the airport will be able to accommodate 200 million passengers a year.
Istanbul Airport Facilities
The airport currently has one terminal in service for domestic and international flights and four runways that are currently in operation. The two 17/35 runways are both 4,100 meters (13,451 feet) long, while the 16/34 runways are both 3,750 meters (12,303 feet) long. Runways 17L/35R and 16R/34L are 60 meters (197 feet) wide, while 17R/35L and 16L/34R are 45 meters (148 feet) wide. All runway surfaces are asphalt.
The airport features a total of five concourses lettered A, B, D, F, and G with a total of 143 passenger boarding bridges. Concourse G, which is located in the southeast, is reserved solely for domestic flights. Three passenger boarding bridges of Concourse F which is directly to the north of Concourse G has also been allocated for domestic flights. Concourses A, B, D, and F will be used for international flights. The C and E concourses connect directly to the main terminal and are therefore not independent concourses.
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