Attended by Republic of Turkey Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan and Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı, the ceremony hosted the opening of five operational facilities: the Line Maintenance Hangar, the Fast Cargo Delivery Base, the Inflight Products Storage, the ULD Maintenance and Repair, and the Accumulator Charging Units. Built on a surface area of 42,399 square meters, these facilities cover a total indoor area of 50,379 square meters.
In his opening speech, Republic of Turkey Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turfan emphasized Turkey’s rank in terms of passengers (fourth in Europe and tenth in the world) and stated that they aim to reach 450 million passengers. He said, “Istanbul Airport is the embodiment of ideals, dreams, and thinking big. We hope it will be finished in March. This will be one of the world’s biggest airports with a capacity for 200 million passengers. Thanks to this airport, our Istanbul will become a transfer hub between the East and the West, the North and the South.”
In his speech, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı highlighted the importance of Istanbul Airport by saying, “We will have an airport on which the sun will never set. We will reach the rest of the world from here.” Stating that these facilities serve as the locomotive in the construction of this giant campus for the flag carrier, Aycı continued his speech, “As we keep saying, moving into our new home, for which we’re more and more excited every day, will be the most significant milestone in the history of not only Turkish Airlines but also our country’s civil aviation. Thankfully, we will be recorded in history as active players in this adventure. With this in mind, we see every contribution to this monumental structure as a building block -just like these facilities we open today. Proud and motivated by this, we are planning other steps which will create added value to the development of our country.”
Throughout the year, Turkish Airlines will continue the construction of the second-phase facilities after the moving operation. Once all phases are complete, Turkish Airlines will operate in the world’s biggest campus, an indoor area of about 700,000 square meters.