Intense competition is developing among the mega airport hubs in Turkey, the Arabian Gulf, and Eastern Europe; the region is a significant crossroad and each airport within the region is eager to become the dominant transfer hub.
In Turkey, Istanbul’s third airport is currently under construction and has is expected to be completed by 2018; moreover, the airport will have the largest passenger capacity in the World –the airport terminal passenger capacity will max out at 150 million passengers. This highlights Istanbul’s growing reputation as a global air travel hub.
Countries in the Middle East continue to expand their airports as the number of destinations and operations of Middle Eastern airlines continues to expand: Saudi Arabia and Oman will be making major expansions to existing airports; Dubai World Central is still under development and has plans on establishing the World’s largest airport by 2027; Hamad International Airport in Doha is scheduled to open in 2017; other notable projects in the region include Jeddah King Abdulaziz International and King Khaled.
In Eastern Europe projects have been launched in Russia (Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo), in Croatia (Zagreb), and in Turkey (Izmir), and in Western Europe there are airport expansion projects in Greece (Crete- Kasteli Airport), England (London -Heathrow and Gatwick), Germany (Frankfurt), and Switzerland (Zurich).
At Noppen`s 3rd Annual Airport Development & Expansion Summit, Istanbul will once again welcome the international experts. Airport authorities, operators, civil aviation executives, government officials and construction companies will go in discussion with consultants, architects, equipment providers and service groups, exploring the market and supporting project development.