Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, opened the press room of Istanbul Airports Correspondents Association (IHMD) yesterday evening and attended the iftar dinner held at Istanbul Airport. In the program, Minister Turhan, IHHD President Celal Uçan and members of the press, as well as THY Board Member Orhan Birdal, Deputy General Manager of State Airports Authority (DHMİ) Mehmet Ateş, Airport Operator İGA CEO Kadri Samsunlu, Istanbul Airport Regional Manager Ahmet Önal, Istanbul Airport Police Chief Deniz Engin and guests from the aviation sector took part.
Turhan Minister made a speech after the Iftar dinner, the future of the global aviation industry said that Turkey has a great potential.
"TURKEY GREW THE WORLD AVERAGE FLOOR 3"
Turhan pointed out that Turkish civil aviation has made a great leap forward in the year. With the 17 Airline operation in 2002 on the international lines, 2 was scheduled to travel to the 26 point in the country. By the end of the year 7 56 reached the 2003 point in the country. Turkish Civil Aviation has become one of the countries with the largest flight network in the world. In the shadow of these developments, the number of passengers from 2 million in 50 broke the record and reached 60 million. Last year, the international air transport sector in Turkey 2018, 124 grown times the world average. The number of aircraft has reached 318 and seat capacity has reached 2003 thousand 34,4. The turnover of the civil aviation sector reached 210 Billion Turkish Lira in 10 and the number of personnel employed reached 3 thousand ”.
ISTANBUL AIRPORT'S PERFECT MONTH PERFORMANCE
Minister Turhan said that with the rapid growth in Turkish civil aviation, Atatürk Airport reached 68 million passengers last year but at the same time it has reached a point where it cannot meet the demands in recent years. Turhan said: “For a while, many new cities have not been given slots. Market share in transfer passengers 66'yı finding the Europe-Asia-Africa-Middle East corridor of great importance for the huge aircraft could not land in Ataturk Airport. We have identified this situation in advance and we have shown that Istanbul needs to reach a new topla collect,, dağıt distribute,, işle work de, aktar transfer 'airport in order to create an additional service capacity and we have started construction of Istanbul Airport. Although the first stage of Istanbul Airport was fully operational at the beginning of last month, we provided service to more than one thousand 1 aircraft traffic in a short time such as 49 and a half months. 19 Until May, 1 million 785 thousand passengers were served on domestic lines, and 5 million 906 thousand passengers were served on international flights. With the arrival of the flights to Istanbul Airport, 7 company from 691 started to organize flights to Istanbul for the first time. ” Turhan stated that Istanbul Airport has been criticized by some circles since the first day when it came to the agenda as a project. “There were groups who criticized from inside and outside of the airport and did not want the airport to be built until the opening of the airport. We opened the airport. Most critics have begun to praise, but some dissidents in our country are still criticizing. This airport 9 million common property of the citizens of the Republic of Turkey. Who would benefit from criticizing this airport, showing it bad? It provides benefit to competing airports of competing countries and does not provide any benefit to anyone else. Land
“WORLD UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF ISTANBUL AIRPORT”
Reminding that Istanbul Airport has been awarded with one of the most important awards and that last week, a monthly travel magazine based in the USA, the Istanbul Airport was given a special achievement award in the category of 'superior innovation Tur. However, some segments are seeking to devalue Istanbul Airport. Unfortunately, these segments do not see the economic benefit of the airport to our country within a few years; or does not want to see ”.
INFRASTRUCTURE OF TRANSPORT TO ISTANBUL AIRPORT
Turhan, the construction of Istanbul Airport concurrently with the construction of the airport transportation infrastructure, said that the construction of the works, said. Emphasizing that the Ministry established the subway infrastructure between Gayrettepe-Istanbul Airport, Turhan said, ım Our aim is to eliminate this problem for the residents of Istanbul by providing this line in 2020. also Halkalı- We are also establishing the rail system infrastructure between the new airport. We also delivered his place in March. We will be in service in 2022 ”.
PLAZET FROM THE JOURNALISTS TO THE MINISTER TURHAN
Speaking at the opening of the Iftar program, IHHD President Celal Uçan said: “We have done our news so far by preserving the values of our country and not giving up our principles and ethical rules, and we will continue to do so”. After the speeches, Flying, Minister Turhan and IGA CEO Kadri Samsunlu presented a plaque to commemorate the day. (Source: DHMİ)