New Istanbul Airport fully started operations on 6th April 2019
It is designed for 90 million passengers yearly, has a floor area of nearly 1.500.000 sqm, five piers and over 530 check-in desks. The biggest single roof-terminal in the world, two runways and numerous ancillary buildings were fully handed over as new home and hub to Turkish Airlines on 6th April this year. A team of MAI specialists had the privilege and challenge to support Turkish Airlines Group to achieve operational readiness, execute a successful and timely move, and finally start up Turkish Airlines hub operations at the New Istanbul Airport.
MAI was awarded a contract by Turkish Airlines to establish proper target procedures and concepts for the new airport, provide familiarization training and trial operations to create confidence in the operational readiness of the airport and Turkish Airlines’ own infrastructure, procedures and systems, and finally manage the move from Atatürk Airport to the new infrastructure. This comprehensive agreement covered, besides Turkish Airlines, their catering, cargo and aircraft engineering division. An additional and important focus was to track the construction progress, mostly of the Turkish Airlines infrastructure, but also of the new airport infrastructure and reporting of the same to the Turkish Airlines ORAT project manager and senior management.