Last year Istanbul’s three airports including new one indicate the number of passengers increased nearly 1.55 million in 2019, in 2018 Istanbul had hosted 102.6 million passengers, according to General Directorate of State Airports Authority data released on Sunday, the airports hosted average 6% of all flights in Europe.
Istanbul Airport, Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport hosted 104.1 million, including 38.4 million domestic and 65.8 million international, passengers last year. Over the last year, nearly 52.6 million passengers, including 12.7 million domestic passengers and 39.9 million international travellers, used the new only Istanbul Airport.
At Istanbul Airport, a total of 329,799 flights were performed, including 82,325 domestic and 247,474 on international flights.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport located on the city’s Asian side, which has been increasing its operations every year, hosted 35.5 million passengers in 2019, including 21.4 million passengers on domestic flights and 14 million passengers on international flights.
Last year, over 16 million passengers travelled to and from Atatürk Airport, which has transitioned to other uses such as training activities, aviation fairs and civil use, while some parts are to be transformed into a public park. The airport had served 4.2 million passengers on domestic flights and 11.8 million on international lines. At Atatürk Airport, 138,239 flights were made in 2019, including 38,818 domestic and 99,421 international flights.
The new Istanbul airport can handle 90 million passengers per year in its current phase of development, which planned capacity to serve up to 200 million passengers after the completion of all four phases and the construction of six runways, scheduled to be completed by 2028. It will be home to more than 100 airlines flying to over 300 destinations around the world.
According to the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), an international organization working air traffic management across Europe, a total of 11.1 million flights were made in Europe last year, while around 6% of the flights performed on this continent were to and from Istanbul’s three airports.