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USTDA Supports New Istanbul Airport to Accommodate Rapid Growth in Passenger Demand

Thursday, April 21, 2016

(USTDA)  ISTANBUL, Turkey – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to support the construction and development of the New Istanbul Airport. The project will significantly enhance global air travel by optimizing air traffic capacity and improving air traffic control systems.

Since 2002, total passenger traffic in Turkey increased by 438%, straining Istanbul’s two existing airports and creating the need for a third, the New Istanbul Airport. The concessionaire, IGA Havalimani Isletmesi A.S. (IGA), responsible for constructing and managing the airport for 25 years, sought Technical Assistance support to ensure that the Istanbul airspace operates at sufficient capacity to meet the anticipated traffic demand.

USTDA provided a grant to Colorado-based Jeppesen Sanderson, a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, to conduct the technical assistance in support of this mega project.

“USTDA is proud to work with IGA and Jeppesen Sanderson on this important initiative that will help Istanbul to develop an even more efficient, safe and environmentally sound airspace,” said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak.

Expected to open in 2018, with some projects ongoing until 2024, the New Istanbul Airport will be one of the largest in the world, hosting 150 million passengers annually on flights to over 350 destinations.