There are a lot of rumors circulating around about Istanbul Airport inaugurated on September 29, on the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.

The facts of the matter

It is a gigantic structure which hosts both the domestic and international flight terminals under a single roof.

It is designed to serve 150 million passengers annually.

The airport management formed a partnership with the world’s biggest Duty Free operator Heinemann and Unifree and will provide an area of 55,000 square meters for duty free shopping.

The shopping experience at the airport is not limited to the duty free area. The airport offers a unique shopping experience blended with luxurious brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton, all housed in a modern retail concept.

The airport wii have a number of VIP lounges for the comfort of the passengers.

There are also restaurants which will host famous chefs.

Istanbul’s new airport ‘to be center of luxurious shopping’

One interesting feature of the new airport is the products uniquely designed for the venue. For instance, the Scots will produce whiskey that will be sold only at the Istanbul Airport.

Dispelling the rumours

The new airport, the third in the megacity after the already serving Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports, has caused much controversy because of concerns about its impact on the environment, workers’ rights, strong wind in the area, and commuting issues.

In fact, the airport is not too far from the city center as widely claimed. A trip to the airport from the Nişantaşı neighborhood at rush hour takes 45 minutes.

The highway leading to the airport is nice but fairly desolate. There are no gas stations or shops to buy water or anything to eat on the highway for 18 kilometers.

The wind is strong in this area, however officials from the Istanbul Grand Airport (İGA), which will operate the airport for 25 years, have given assurances that the wind poses no threat to planes. Necessary wind analysis was carried out and the wind factor taken into account when the airport was first designed and runways were constructed accordingly, İGA officials said.

The airport uses the state-of-art technology which allows passengers to check in more quickly.

The high-ceiling terminal buildings are spacious and impressive and makes effective use of sun light and plants to ensure travelers have a pleasant experience in the airport.

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Source: Hürriyet Daily News