Istanbul's 3rd airport: A gateway to the city - Forbes

Istanbul's new airport, a 200 million passenger capacity structure scheduled to open its doors on October 30-31, 2018, is set to become a gateway to the historic city, Forbes Magazine wrote.

The yet-to-be-named structure, one of a string of megaprojects pledged by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in election campaigns from 2011 onward, is set to become the largest airport the world.

Turkish Airlines has used U.S. Doctor Mehmet Oz of Turkish origin in its in flight focus on wellness both on the airline and its promotion of Turkey as a destination, and is projecting that many will take the opportunity to take a 50-minute drive into Istanbul from the airport for an incredible sight-seeing opportunity, the magazine said.

The possibility that the airport will lure more American travellers to either transit through or travel to as a destination point is currently boosted by the fact that the ‘’draconian visa regulations enacted last year have been dropped’’ and e-visas for Americans are now easily and cheaply available at $20.00 per visa.

A projected high-speed rail will make the drive into the city a cheaper and faster and the mega-strong US dollar to Turkish Lira rate will make the visit even more alluring, it said.

Of particular interest for those looking the experience and have an enjoyable stay in the city might be the newly renovated and reopened Kılıç Ali Paşa Turkish bath in the Tophane quarter near the Istanbul Modern Art Museum; the 19th century  Çırağan Palace Kempinski 5-star hotel on the Bosphorus; the ultra-chic new Raffles Istanbul hotel in trendy Zorlu Center and a visit to the world’s oldest shopping center, the Grand Bazaar.