Construction of the first runway at Istanbul New Airport (INA) has been completed and its lighting has been activated for the first time. This initial airstrip measures 12,303 x 197 ft (3,750 x 60m) and includes 34,183 LED lights.
Eighty percent of the airport’s initial development is now complete, ahead of an opening planned for October 29 this year. The first phase of the project includes the passenger terminal, cargo facilities, aprons. control tower and three independent parallel runways.
Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of IGA Airports Construction, commended: “We are working day and night for this project, which will put Turkey’s stamp on the history of aviation. The completion of the first phase draws nearer with every square meter built. We have recently finished the baggage system, which constitutes our airport’s core. And now we have made the runway number one ready for landing with all the required equipment and in compliance with the relevant global standards. We are looking forward to deliver Istanbul Airport in its entirety on 29 October 2018.”
Istanbul New Airport will serve approximately 100 airlines and become a new aviation hub with links to 350 passenger and cargo destinations worldwide. The initial phase will provide capacity for 90m passengers per annum.
Bilal Ekşi, CEO of Turkish Airlines, has said that the airline will transfer all of its operations from Atatürk to INA over a period of three days, which will include 18 hours when it will schedule no arrivals or departures. During this time, 120 aircraft will be ferried between the two airports, and equipment will be moved in a convoy of more than 600 lorries. Initial operations at INA will start at 10% of the airline’s normal levels, but will increase to 100% by the end of the three day transition. It has also been suggested that non-Turkish airlines may have to halt flights to Istanbul (other than established services to Sabiha Gökçen [SAW] on the other side of the city) for two days.
A short video update showing progress at the new facility has been made available.
Photo: The first of three runways has been completed at Istanbul New Airport. (IGA / Istanbul New Airport)
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