Istanbul Airport Broke Its New Record After 2 Years

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said, ” After a two-year hiatus, a record was broken at Istanbul Airport . A total of 1301 take-offs and landings took place on April 30, while 195 thousand 640 passengers traveled. 1226 flights on May 1, 186 thousand 500 passenger is planned to travel,” he said.

In his written statement, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the unrestricted Ramadan Feast was celebrated for the first time after 2 years, and stated that a record was broken at Istanbul Airport on April 30.

Noting that 1301 take-offs and landings took place daily for the first time after the pandemic, and 195 thousand 640 passengers traveled, Karaismailoğlu announced that it is planned to have 1,226 flights on May 1, and 186 thousand 500 passengers to travel. Karaismailoğlu said, “After the epidemic, which was effective in the world in 2020, aviation was one of the most affected sectors. The number of passengers in the world and in our country decreased greatly. The investments we made and the measures we took played an important role in the recovery in this process. During the pandemic period, Istanbul Airport was established by the International Airports Council. It was selected as the second busiest airport in the world in 2021. In 2021, it managed to host 75.7 million passengers with an increase of 76.4 percent.


Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that Istanbul Airport was the busiest airport in Europe, hosting 37 million passengers in January 2022. Karaaismailoğlu said, “In the January-March period of 2022, a total of 81 thousand 876 aircraft traffic, including 20 thousand 985 on domestic lines and 60 thousand 891 on international lines, was carried out at Istanbul Airport. 2 million 923 thousand passengers on domestic lines, 8 million 490 thousand passengers on international lines. “In total, 11 million 414 thousand passengers used Istanbul Airport,” he said.

Emphasizing that investments in the aviation sector will continue, Minister Karaismailoğlu

emphasized that Rize-Artvin Airport will be opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 14. Stating that they planned the future of the aviation industry with the 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, Karaismailoğlu said, “Turkey has a dense airport network with 57 airports that support the rapidly growing country’s economy and tourism. This number will increase to 61 by 2053.”

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