Istanbul's New Airport Is Vying to Become the World's Biggest
Move over Beijing.
Turkey recently unveiled Istanbul's new Airport which is poised to become the world’s largest airport when completed in 2028.
The airport, which opened in its first phase on Oct. 29, 2018, will span around 823 million square feet in size.
It will include several terminals, six runways, some 233 aircraft parking spots, over 500 check-in desks, and an “airport city” incorporating offices, residences, hotels, health centers, art buildings, a shopping mall and more.
The airport will open in four phases, with the first phase already including the world’s largest terminal at roughly 15.5 million square feet and two parallel runways that span about 12,303 and 13,450 feet in length.
Currently able to serve 90 million passengers, the airport is expected to serve 200 million passengers once its construction is complete.
Inside, passengers will find a design drawing from the city’s mosques baths, domes, and historic structures.
Smart technology features incorporated throughout the airport include biometric screening, advanced passport control centers, self-bag tag centers and geo finding technologies that will allow passengers to receive real-time directions, estimated walking times and boarding alerts while inside.
It will also boast the world’s biggest Duty Free shop, incorporating over 400 domestic and international brands at size of close to 570,500 square feet.
Passengers will be able to enjoy the new shopping options in combination with apps like the “Magic Mirror,” which will allow users to try out how watches, clothes and makeup will look on them before making a purchase.
The airport will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, which is currently operating a limited number of domestic and international flights to Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Azerbaijan, and Northern Cyprus until all of its operations move to the new airport on Dec. 31.
According to iGA, which was created in 2013 to construct and operate the airport for 25 years, the airport will host over 100 airline companies and will fly to over 300 destinations.
The airport surpasses in size the planned Beijing Daxing New Airport, which was scheduled to be the world’s largest when opening in 2019. It also comes after protests hit the country in September due to concerns over poor working conditions and deaths of construction workers, according to the Associated Press.