An official application declaring the Istanbul Airport’s third runway is to be ready for flight operations by 18 June 2020 has been filed with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Once the airport’s third independent runway commences operations, Istanbul Airport will become the first airport in Turkey and the second airport in Europe, after Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, to operate three runways in parallel.
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of İGA Airport Operation, Kadri Samsunlu said: “This has been a difficult year for the aviation industry, but we see this compulsory break as an opportunity to maximize the passengers’ travel experience at Istanbul Airport.
“We expect the stagnation we have been experiencing for the last couple of months to resolve very soon. Our new runway will be immensely helpful in that sense. We have filed an application with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, declaring that our third independent runway will be ready for flight operations by 18 June 2020.
“We are profoundly proud to get this phase completed in timely manner, just as has been the case for all stages of construction. There will be serious reductions in domestic taxi times, which had been criticized during our operations. Now, all our passengers will get a perfect customer experience at Istanbul Airport.
“We will also culminate our claim of superior service quality through excellent comfort and savings of time. In this sense, I would like to emphasize once again that Istanbul Airport is the largest infrastructure investment ever put into practice in the history of Turkey and the most significant economic asset of our nation. Hence, Istanbul Airport will for sure be a locomotive force in the future development of our country.”