Istanbul Airport will become a mega hub for the global aviation industry and a locomotive for the sector in Turkey, while making significant contributions to its economy, according to İlker Aycı, chairman of the board of directors of Turkish Airlines (THY).
"Turkey will become one of the important centers of the global commercial aviation sector," Aycı told Anadolu Agency (AA).
The first phase of the airport opened on Oct. 29, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, with a grand ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish ministers, officials and heads of state from around the world.
Commercial flights at the new airport started early November. The airport has the potential to welcome 90 million passengers annually and following the second phase of construction, expected to be completed in 2023, this number will rise to around 200 million.
Istanbul Airport, the third in the city, will replace Atatürk International Airport as the main flight hub in the country's most populated city.
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