İstanbul Grand Airport (IGA) Hosted 65 million Passengers in 2022Mon, Jan 9, 2023 12:00 AM
Istanbul Airport which is operated by IGA ended the year 2022 at the top of its game. According to the data from EUROCONTROL, Istanbul Airport has hosted 65.2 million passengers in 2022. The Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu revealed that there were 426 thousand flights that happened to and from Istanbul Airport resulting in 65.2 million passengers. Istanbul Airport was also on top ends of the European board with its daily average flights of 1,156 according to the data from EUROCONTROL.
About Istanbul Airport
Istanbul Airport is the main international airport of Istanbul located on the Arnavutköy district on the European side. It began development in 2014 and finished in 2018. With its development, all commercial passenger flights were transferred from Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport on 6 April 2019 following the closure of Atatürk Airport. With a 37 million passengers in 2021 it was the busiest airport in Europe and 13th busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. By serving 26.5 million international passengers it was the 2nd busiest airport in the world after Dubai International Airport with 29 million passengers.
A Rising Star
According to the aviation rating firm SkyTrax’s data for its annual World Airports Awards for 2022 which include over 550 airports worldwide covering things like terminal layout, comfort, seating, Wi-Fi, restaurants, vendors, staff and services Istanbul Airport was ranked number eight jumping from the 17th spot in 2021. It was following the Munich Airport on the 7th spot which is the hub for Lufthansa and followed by the Zurich Airport on the 9th spot which is known for being the best airport security processing and being the cleanest airport in Europe.
An Expanding Airport
The construction is set to be fully completed by 2025 with eight sets of runways, sixteen taxiways and total annual capacity for 150 million passengers. If it is fully expanded to 200 million capacity the airport is planned to exhibit four terminal buildings with interconnecting rail access that combines for 3.200.00 m2 of total indoor area. It is expected to be one of the largest and busiest airports in Europe.