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The Fastest Growing Aviation Hub in Europe

Today, the Istanbul Airport launches flights to a total of 146 destinations at various continents within 3 hours connecting 120+ countries, 60+ capital cities, 250+ international and 50 domestic destinations,. When the airport is put into operation in full capacity, the number of flight destinations is expected to exceed 350.

The Istanbul Airport makes Istanbul, the centre of a vast geography from the East to the West, a more attractive aviation and transfer hub with its extremely high capacity, various types of facilities and sound infrastructure. Having a strategic position, the airport acts as a significant hub for transit flights over Istanbul for the USA and Europe, as well as the Middle East, Central Asia and North India.  

Istanbul: The Fastest Growing Aviation Hub in Europe

According to the 2018 Airport Hub Connectivity Report published by Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), Turkey has expanded its flight network 591 percent in the last decade and been listed as the number 1 in Europe in terms of growth rate and increased its rank to 7 in the global list.

High Passenger Numbers and Potential

According to the same report, Istanbul Atatürk Airport was among the top 5 airports in Europe that increased its number of passengers 17.7% in February 2018.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture, the number of foreign tourists arriving at Istanbul increased 17.8% in 2017, compared to the previous year. In 2018, the same increasing rate seems to be continued; accordingly, the growth trend is expected to be sustained.  

In 2017, the population of Istanbul was 15,029,231 according to the official records. In 2016, the number of international passengers arriving at Istanbul was 9,203,987; whilst in 2017, this figure reached 10,840,595 with an increase of 17.8%.

It is indicated that the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in the number of passengers arriving at Istanbul reached 4.7% between 2009 and 2017. Moreover, Atatürk Airport achieved;

  • A compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% in the total number of passengers,
  • A compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3% in the number of international passengers,
  • A compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% in the number of domestic passengers during the same period.

In 2017, the figures of Atatürk Airport were as follows:

  • Total number of passengers = 64,106,014
  • Number of international passengers = 44,476,589
  • Number of domestic passengers = 19,629,425.

Compared to the figures in the previous year (2016), the growth achieved

  • in the total number of passengers is 6.1%
  • in the number of international passengers is 2.6%
  • in the number of domestic passengers is 7.7%

While the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of cargo operations had increased 18.7% between 2009 and 2017, the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of Air Transport Movement (ATM - total landing + take off movement of aircraft) was recorded to increase 5.5%.

Taking over these figures from Atatürk Airport with a quite higher capacity and potential, the Istanbul Airport hosts higher number of passengers and a wider variety of destinations. You can contact the related departments from the following e-mail address if you want to establish exclusive collaborations at the popular flight and transfer hub in Europe:

aviationmarketing@igairport.com