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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it may learning large – very large. Prestige projects come down well with the electorate, so the Turkish President has made it his trademark. Especially in Istanbul, marvelling at the buildings around the Bosphorus, which arose under Erdoğan’s leadership over the past 16 years. As the Marmaray, a railway tunnel is directly under the Strait that connects the European and Asian side of Istanbul. As the Yavuz-Sultan-Selim bridge, a 2,200-Meter-long structure that spans as a third bridge over the Bosphorus. Now, the Turkish President is preparing for his next Coup.

open this Monday, he will be the new airport in the North of Istanbul. 95. Anniversary of the Republic, should be to Erdoğan’s special holiday. This is only possible, because in Turkey such large-scale projects in Germany is not possible recklessness to be drawn: employees, nature, may, the Turkish taxpayers – you all pay a price for this airport, whose economic success is far from secure.

At the opening the President wants to announce the name of the new airport. So far, the mega-project runs under the working title of the Istanbul New Airport. He is 76.5 million square meters, and three and a half times as large as the Frankfurt airport. After the opening of the airport is to be expanded in stages and at the end of six runways. First, it expects 90 million passengers, but the number is expected to grow, so that Istanbul could soon have the largest airport in the world. So far, the in Atlanta, with 100 million travellers in a year.

As is so often the price for Erdoğan’s Vision of a “new Turkey”. A consortium of five construction companies operates the new airport. Has been invested so far, more than ten billion euros. Will pay off the project?

size is not everything p class=”article article__item”><", One should not overestimate the effects for the economic growth of such a Flight, construction of the port on Turkey as a whole," says Henry Frye. He has built up at the Fraunhofer Institute, the Department of air transport logistics, and for 20 years directed. Frye says he doesn't want to have dampened the euphoria, however, decisive for the question of whether Istanbul is an important turning going to the cross for the air traffic between Europe and the far East, was not alone the size.


Known is that the Turkish government wants to give with the large-scale project on the site of Istanbul, a similar ranking as the hubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. First of all, the new airport will bring a relief for Istanbul: The existing capacity at the two existing Istanbul Airports (Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airport) had long since reached its limits. “The traffic will shift from the old to the new airport, but that may not rapidly increase,” says Frye.

In the long run, but the hopes Erdoğan could meet, believes Frye. The air traffic has increased considerably in recent years and “the big airports always have the Problem, that you need more capacity,” says Frye. This was for example observed in Amsterdam, but also in Munich, Hong Kong, Dubai or Doha.

Turkish Airlines is strong

Frank Fichert, a Professor at the University of Worms in the area of tourism and transport, considers the growth plans for met. The location of Istanbul have an advantage over the hubs of the Persian Gulf: “A hub is the fact that a strong base of Connections, to a direct destination,” explains Fichert. With Turkish Airlines Istanbul has a airline, offering many direct Connections to smaller airports in Europe. The Airlines from the UAE to fly away, however, the Central Airports, because they would have to use larger machines for the distance from Europe to the Persian Gulf. “With Turkish Airlines you can fly but, for example, of Bremen, directly to Istanbul,” says Fichert.


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