The final preparations at Istanbul’s new airport are coming to an end as it is due to officially open next month.

The Istanbul New Airport, which will be one of the largest in the world, will be put into service in a grand ceremony to be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 29th October.

In a news conference on Sunday, President Erdoğan put an end to the recent rumors that there would be a delay in the official opening of the new airport, saying that the tests were carried out during the Turkey’s first aerospace and technology festival Teknofest on 20-23 September and that it will open as scheduled on 29th October, the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.

Istanbul New Airport, the third in the city, will replace Atatürk International Airport as the main flight hub in country’s most populated city.

Scheduled to open next month, Istanbul's new airport makes final test flights

The airport will be completed in four phases

The first phase consists of a main terminal building with an annual capacity of 90 million passengers, a main air traffic control tower, two runways, one 3.75-kilometers and another 4.1-kilometers-long, where 60-meter wide A380 aircraft can land, a parking area capable of holding 347 aircraft, airport support facilities including hangars, a cargo warehouse, catering and ground services and a parking garage with the capacity for 18,000 vehicles.

Scheduled to open next month, Istanbul's new airport makes final test flights

Tests on four Instrument Landing System (ILS) installed on all the runways to be opened in the first phase of the new airport were carried out by the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ).

Instrument Landing System (ILS)  ensure that aircraft can make a safe landing in foggy, rainy and snowy weather where the cloud ceiling is low and the ground visibility is limited.

Scheduled to open next month, Istanbul's new airport makes final test flights

All the navigation aids, radar and communication systems of the airport under DHMİ’s responsibility are also operational.

Istanbul New Airport will have an annual passenger capacity of 150 million once the last expansion stage is complete but could eventually be expanded to handle 200 million annual passengers in the coming years.

The transfer of major flight operations from Atatürk to the new airport is expected to take place within 48 hours after the inauguration ceremony.

First flights

Turkish Airlines (THY) plans to not to fly for at least the first 18 hours of the transition. The airline will make the first flight from the new airport to the capital Ankara on 31st October at 2 p.m.  The first overseas flights will be made to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan recently  confirmed that three of the world’s largest cargo services, UPS, FedEx and DHL, have applied for rental spots at Istanbul’s new airport.

The airport, one of the many megaprojects of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to raise Turkey’s profile and boost the economy, will accommodate 3,500 takeoffs and landings per day.

It will have some 100,000 square meters of floor space, an overall parking capacity of 25,000 vehicles, 143 boarding bridges, a 42-kilometer baggage handling system and cargo capacity for 5.5 million tons. It is expected to generate more than $15 billion in revenue for the Turkish economy and create more than 225,000 jobs.

Source: Daily Sabah

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