On the twenty-ninth of October, which marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the third Istanbul airport will be opened with an 80% completion.
It is expected to become the largest airport in the world when fully operational, strengthen Istanbul's status as a point of contact and will positively affect the Turkish economy.
Director of the General Directorate of Airports of Turkey, Ms. Fonda Ojak, confirmed in a press conference that the third airport will be opened on schedule as previously announced by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Maritime Navigation Mr. Ahmed Arslan, and that this airport will be another success story in Turkey.
She added that with the opening of the new airport, the Directorate General of Turkey's Airports decided to expand the air capacity of Istanbul, which will affect the European airspace, and will operate direct flights to most countries in the European continent.
Ojak said the 42-month period was not enough to build the new airport, but the favorable weather conditions this year helped to finish the project on time, she also said that the airport consists of two separate aerodromes and covers an area of 8 million square meters, of which 1.4 million square meters have been allocated for the airport building and other support buildings.
With regard to the transfer of traffic and operations from Ataturk Airport to the new airport, Ojak said the conversion ceremony will take place on October 29, while the transfer will begin at 3:00 am on October 30 and end at 23:55 before midnight the next day.