Istanbul Plans New International Airport

Turkish Airlines Lounge, Istanbul Ataturk AirportTurkey is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest travel destinations. The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism was named Europe's Leading Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards 2012, and İstanbul was ranked the world's fifth most popular tourist destination in a recent report by MasterCard. In 2011, 31.5 million foreign tourists visited Turkey, and millions more are forecast for next year. (The country’s goal is to host 50 million tourists a year by 2023.)

To satisfy the future demand, a slew of new luxury hotels are opening (including Shangri-La and Raffles), and the Turkish government has announced plans for a third airport. Currently, Atatürk Airport has reached its capacity of 34 million passengers. Expected to cost $5.6 billion, the proposed new airport would handle 90 million passengers after its first construction phase is completed in 2016, reaching a final capacity of 150 million by 2023.

Photo of Turkish Airlines’ Lounge at Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Suggested Articles:

Crystal Cruises has canceled select sailing from April 20, 2020 to May 31, 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's the latest.

The Port Everglades Unified Command has accepted Holland America Line’s Repatriation Plan for the Zaandam and Rotterdam vessels. Here's the latest.

Ensemble Travel Group will discontinue its operations in Australia and New Zealand, where it first opened business in 2015. Learn more here.