Summary: Turkey is rushing to establish the "one airport every 100 kilometers" project, which is a project aims to establish other seven airports by 2023, where 540 planes will be able go and come from 116 countries around the world, transferring passengers with six-fold increase.
The Turkish efforts to establish the largest airport in the world (the third Istanbul’s airport) did not stop at this achievement, Turkey plans to establish other seven airports for a total of 55 airports.
The Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communication declared that it plans to construct seven new airports in several states, in the context of "one airport every 100 kilometers” project, which is expected to be completed by 2023.
The sources said that the ministry decided to construct the new seven airports in Yozgat, Aksaray, Karaman (middle), Rize (northeast), İzmir (west), and western Antalya (south).
The decision of the Ministry of Transport to create alternative funding out of the general budget opened the floodgates for the private sector in the civil aviation sector.
This policy has succeeded in raising the number of operating airports in the domestic flight network to 62 from 55 currently, with the construction of the new seven airports.
The same policy led to raise the number of the passenger airplanes of high seating in Turkey from 162 to 540 airplanes, as well as an increase in the number of passengers was estimated at six-fold of what it was in 2003.
The number of the countries with which Turkey has airlift agreements also raised from 81 to 167 countries.
Moreover, the number of the destinations of the Turkish airplanes raised to 283 destinations in 116 countries around the world, with an increase by 372% from 2003.
The number of the employees in the civil aviation sector became more than 190 thousand, and the total annual gross revenue of the civil aviation sector reached up to 23.4 billion, so the civil aviation sector became one of the strategic sectors in Turkey in the field of tourism and communicate with the world.
By 2023, all the Turkish citizens and foreign tourists will be able to travel by air to every region 100 kilometers away from their starting point.
In February 2018, the city of Istanbul is waiting for opening the early stages of its third giant airport, with a capacity of up to 90 million passengers yearly; in order to relieve pressure on the existing two airports (Ataturk and Sabiha Gökçen).
It is expected that the first stage when opening will start with 2000 taking off and landing airplanes per day.
The construction will extend over four phases; the last one will end in 2023.