President Erdoğan's plane makes first landing at İstanbul New Airport
It was the first ever landing by a passenger aircraft and was greeted with a water salute on the runway. The airport is due to open on October 29.
President Erdoğan was met by ground crew and workers. “Today is a very, very meaningful day for us,” he said in a statement after landing.
He referred to “a magnificent airport” which will be a leading hub for global air traffic.
İstanbul’s new airport will be one of the three biggest airports in the world with an annual capacity of 90 million passengers in the first phase, he said, adding that the airport would be a brand for the country.
After the launch of the new airport, İstanbul’s Atatürk Airport will be replaced by a huge park named People’s Garden, Erdoğan announced.
The construction of the airport will be carried out in four phases. In the second phase, which is expected to be completed in 2023, it is projected that the number of passengers will rise to 200 million. The airport will host nearly 100 airline companies flying to more than 350 destinations.
*IGA has released a video about İstanbul New Airport: