Europe's Air Base: Istanbul Airport Visited by 160 Million Passengers in 4 YearsWed, Nov 2, 2022 12:00 AM
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Istanbul Airport has turned into one of the most important aviation transfer centers of the world only in four years.
According to the official figures, a total of 1 million 109 thousand 386 planes landed and took off in Istanbul Airport in the last 4 years. More than 160 million 268 thousand passengers visited Istanbul Airport with direct or connecting flights.
Istanbul Airport started its operations on October 29, 2018, and the construction of the facility was completed without even a penny spent by the government. On its fourth birthday, Istanbul Airport officially became the air base of Europe for both casual and corporate flights.
Istanbul Airport Ranks Number One in 2022
Minister Karaismailoğlu emphasized that Istanbul Airport has surpassed its competitors in the world in terms of the number of passengers and flights in a record time. He also noted:
Our Istanbul Airport continues its increasing trend, which it enjoyed with the normalization after the pandemic process. It took its place among the most important transfer centers in the world as well as became the busiest airport in Europe. According to the official reports of the European Airports Council International, Istanbul Airport ranked first among all European airports with 19 million 957 thousand 147 passengers. It is also ranked the number one airport hosting the most passengers in the third quarter of this year. Istanbul Airport left all important European airports including London, Paris, and Amsterdam behind.
The Airport Offers the Most Comfortable Experience to Its Guests
Until the end of the third quarter of this year, the airport hosted 313 thousand 778 flights as well as 47 million 571 thousand 888 passengers. In four years, Istanbul Airport hosted 1 million 109 thousand 386 flights and 160 million 268 thousand passengers.
Minister Karaismailoğlu noted that there was chaos in the aviation industry at European airports after the normalization. He also noted that all European airports were struggling to keep up with the increasing passenger numbers in July 2022 while Istanbul Airport broke the historical record with 1422 daily flights. It seems like Istanbul Airport will break its own record for a few consecutive years without any worthy competitor.