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The 3rd İstanbul Airport consists of 6 stages, the first of which is to be opened today (October 29).
In the first stage, there will be 5 departures and 5 landings a day.
In domestic flights, Turkish Airlines (THY) will make its first flight to the capital city of Ankara on October 31, 2018; its first flight to Antalya on November 1; and its first flight to İzmir on November 2.
In international flights, the first flight will be made to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on November 1 and to Azerbaijan on November 8.
After the transfer of Atatürk Airport to the 3rd İstanbul Airport is completed, 2,000 planes will be able to use the runway for takeoff and landing.
Construction started in May 2015
The construction of the 3rd İstanbul Airport officially started on May 4, 2015.
It will finish in 2023
The construction of the 3rd İstanbul Airport is scheduled to finish in 2023.
The first phase of the construction has been completed in 42 months.
The tender was won by the İstanbul Grand Airport (İGA), which was established by the Limak/Kolin/Mapa/Kalyon Joint Venture Group. The tender price, which includes construction, operation and transfer, was 26 billion 140 million Euro, including the Value-Added-Tax (VAT).
The İstanbul Grand Airport (İGA) will pay a rent of 26 billion Euro in total in 25 years. It amounts to a yearly rent of 1.1 billion Euro, including the VAT.
The first stage of the airport has a 90-million passenger capacity.
When the construction of all stages have been completed, the airport has been planned to have a capacity of 200 million passengers in a year.
The total area of the airport is 76.5 million square-meters.
As for its first stage, it consists of a 1.4 billion square-meter main terminal building, two runways, Air Traffic Control Tower and supporting buildings.
Number of runways
When the construction of the 3rd İstanbul Airport has been completed, it will have six runways. It has also been announced that when its construction has been finished, one needs to cover a distance of 6 kilometers to walk from one end of the airport to the other.
When the construction has been completed, the 3rd İstanbul Airport will have 6 independent runways, a capacity of 500 planes as well as open and closed parking lots, which can harbor 70 thousand vehicles.
It will be in the world-ranking in 2023
When the construction of the 3rd İstanbul Airport has been completed, it will be the airport which will carry the highest number of passengers in the world.
It has also been announced that when its construction is finished, flights can be made to 350 different destinations across the world from the 3rd İstanbul Airport.
This figure is 325 in the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; 322 in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport; and 311 in Frankfurt International Airport, which have currently ranked the first in the world in that regard.
The security of the 3rd İstanbul Airport will be ensured with the help of 3 thousand 500 security personnel as well as 900 high-technology surveillance cameras. The security will also be directed from the virtual tower located inside the terminal.
Access to the airport
The HAVAİST busses, which belong to the İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi Otobüs İşletmeleri A.Ş. (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Bus Establishments Inc.), will provide public transportation to the 3rd Airport.
The tender dated September 4, 2018 was won by the Altur-Havaş-Free Tourism Consortium with a tender price of 475 million 488 thousand Turkish Lira, including the Value-Added-Tax (VAT).
However, Metropolitan Mayor of İstanbul Mevlüt Uysal did not approve the tender on the ground that "public good has not arisen".
The second tender dated September 27 was won by the bus company of the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Otobüs A.Ş. (Bus Inc.).
The company, which will undertake the transportation of passengers to the 3rd İstanbul Airport has been called Havaİst.
The public transportation cards, which are called "İstanbulkart" and have been already in use across İstanbul, will be used in the busses of Havaİst. A discount of 50 percent will be applied to the prices until the end of the year.
İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality will provide busses in seven bus lines. (HK/SD)
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