Istanbul Airport has announced a series of goals for 2024, including a significant increase in the number of passengers and flights.
The airport received a total of 76 million passengers in 2023 and wants to increase this figure to 85 million this year, with a target of 532,000 flights during 2024, compared to 505,968 last year.
The Turkish hub was the second busiest European airport in terms of passenger numbers in 2023 behind London Heathrow and the busiest in terms of number of flights.
The airport says it will invest €656.5 million this year, including €331.2 million for the construction of the East-West and backup North-South runways, and €35 million for the completion of the Aviation Terminal General.
It will also invest 146.4 million euros in a solar energy project scheduled for completion in 2024 and which will make Istanbul the first airport in the world to cover all its electrical needs with renewable energy.
Finally, the airport will invest €26.6 million in the construction of the Istanbul Hilton Airport, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2025, one of 11 Hilton group properties currently under development in Turkey.
Hilton to open 11 hotels across five brands in Türkiye
Next month Turkish Airlines to launch inaugural flights to Australiawith a thrice-weekly service from Istanbul to Melbourne (via Singapore).
To read our newly published guide to Istanbul Airport, from accommodation and business facilities to lounges, shops and restaurants, see:
A guide to Istanbul airport