The airport of the future: Istanbul’s gigantic new hub will have six runways, the world’s biggest duty free shop and a capacity of 200 MILLION passengers

  • Istanbul New Airport, the name given to the project so far, will have four phases and be fully operational by 2028
  • Phase 1a is scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2018 and includes the world’s largest airport terminal under one roof

It will be one of the biggest international airports in the world once the fourth and final phase is finished by 2028 – and potentially the busiest – with six runways, flights to 350 destinations and an eventual annual capacity of 200 million passengers.

When phase 1a ends in 2018, Istanbul New Airport will have the world’s largest terminal under one roof, with a gross floor area of nearly 11 million square feet and the ability to serve 90 million passengers a year.

Located on the Black Sea coast on the European side of Turkey, the airport will be 22 miles outside Istanbul, but the project’s designers have said it serve as a gateway to the country with rail, metro and bus links.

Renderings show a main terminal and two smaller terminals bordered by six runways, along a tulip-shaped air traffic control tower and space for a park, hotels, mosques, medical centres and conference centres.

Istanbul’s third airport will lay claim to the largest duty free zone in the world and Europe’s largest car park, with 24,000 spaces.

Istanbul New Airport – the name given to the project so far – will serve as Turkey’s primary airport and a hub for connecting flights between Europe and Asia.

As one of the airports of the future, bosses are aiming to simplify passenger flow with spacious terminals, ‘comfortable’ walking distances and new technology.

Terminal 1 will have a vaulted ceiling, skylights that provide natural light and a slatted roof that gives off a range of blue colours and a discreet geometric pattern.

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