The third runway of the Istanbul Airport was officially inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a ceremony held on June 14.
During his speech, President Erdoğan said, “Up until now, our airport has hosted 107 thousand domestic and 316 thousand international flights, which amounts to 423 thousand flights and 65 million passengers in total. The new third runway, the second control tower, and the taxiway that we will put into service today will reduce the waiting time in domestic and international flights and this will increase the previous numbers rapidly.”
President Erdoğan also made sure to emphasize Turkey’s success both in the logistics and health sectors. Describing the airport as a symbol of Turkey’s goals of 2023, Erdoğan continued, “With the opening of the airport, about which all users have expressed their compliments, a new era has started in global and regional air transport. Indeed, many countries have had to review the status of their existing airports as well as their new airport investments.”
In addition to opening the new runway, President Erdoğan also inaugurated the State Guesthouse and the airport mosque.