Istanbul Atatürk Airport struggles to cover rising demand
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJul 23, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 23, 2015 12:00 am
With Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and summer vacation coinciding, Istanbul Atatürk Airport had a record-breaking number of 1,389 planes land and take off in 24 hours. The airport saw 154,096 travelers, a record high. The previous record was set on May 14, 2015, when the airport saw 1,375 planes take off and land. These high figures for Atatürk Airport indicate to some the need for a new airport in Istanbul. Currently, Istanbul Atatürk Airport is operating at almost full capacity, while on days such as holidays the airport runs over capacity. The average of 1,200 planes per day is often exceeded. The numbers for the first six months of 2015 indicate that this year is going to set a new record-high traveler total, as the number of travelers reached almost 29 million not including the summer season. TAV, the airport operating company that runs Istanbul Atatürk Airport, said in February that they expected an 8 percent to 10 percent increase in customers for 2015. If this forecast were accurate, the total number of customers would be 60 million. The airport exceeded the 50 million customer mark in 2013 with a 14 percent increase and served 56.954 million travelers in 2014 with a 10 percent increase from the previous year. In terms of air traffic, Istanbul Atatürk Airport recorded increases of 11 percent in 2013 and 8.8 percent in 2014.