Feb 22 2018

New Istanbul airport to hit Middle East hubs

The opening of Istanbul’s third airport will result in a drop of passenger numbers for Middle East hub airports in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, according to Kokpit.aero citing the German website aero.de.

The new airport, scheduled to open on Oct. 29, 2018, will be the largest in Europe, consisting of seven runways and, when fully completed, will have a capacity to handle 200 million passengers per year. 

Transit flights through Istanbul’s existing two airports have already increased even before the new airport has opened with the numbers up 21 percent in 2017. At the same time Dubai and Doha airports saw no rise in transit numbers while Abu Dhabi was down 14 percent. 

Kokpit.aero said there are plans to transfer all flights out of the current Istanbul Ataturk Airport within 48 hours of the new airport opening.