Date: 6 months ago   Category: Politics

The new airport of Istanbul applies for world leadership

The huge hub on the Black Sea will provide to Turkish Airlines big competitive advantages. Lufthansa and Aeroflot, Frankfurt and Moscow can lose many transients.

, Why to Istanbul the biggest airport in Europe? Of course, the city on Bosphorus attracts a great number of tourists, but not 90 million a year! Namely so many air passengers plan to accept the new main air gate of Turkey which are solemnly opened on October 29 from next year. And then their power within ten years is planned to finish to 150 or even 200 million. And then the hub on the bank of the Black Sea can be the largest aviation knot on the planet. So far the American city of Atlanta (104 million passengers) is in the lead.

the Favourite infrastructure project of Erdogan

However, the airport called just Istanbul ("it is the most valuable brand of our country", Erdogan has said), for the present isn't absolutely ready. Numerous subquality work have to be eliminated in two months (workers repeatedly complained of difficult working conditions and violations of safety measures). At this time will serve only five routes, generally internal here. Really new airport will earn only after here, on the North of the European part of Istanbul, the parastatal airline Turkish Airlines gets over "with all wagon train". So far it is based at the airport of Ataturk located on the bank of the Sea of Marmara in the south of the western part of the city.

Moving is planned for December 29 and 30. Grandiose logistic operation in which are going to involve about 1500 trucks, it is planned to carry out within 45 hours. In full regular air traffic has to begin on January 1, 2019.

of Turkish Airlines and the Istanbul airport stake on transit
such figures testify To scales of the project. The new Istanbul airport is constructed in extremely short time - in only four and a half years, his construction cost to private investors over 10 billion euros, it is located on the area of 76 square kilometers three times exceeding the territory of the airport of Ataturk or the airport of Frankfurt am Main, largest in Germany, he will have 6 runways, in the long term he will be able to accept and send per day not less than 2000 planes - both passenger, and cargo.

Such scope is dictated, of course, not only by ambitions, but also calculations. The airport of Ataturk has reached a limit of the power long ago, there are no opportunities for his expansion, and passenger traffics at Turkish Airlines everything grow and grow. And not only and even not so much thanks to the tourists and business people coming to Istanbul and also traveling all over the world to Turks, how many at the expense of transients.

the Turkish airline and the new Istanbul airport built obviously "for growth" also stake on them. Thereby they throw down an unambiguous challenge to numerous competitors in Europe. Bargaining chip of Turks: extremely favorable географическ



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