The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says global air traffic is growing at an annual rate of 3.5 percent, with 4.1 billion passengers expected to take to the air this year, doubling to 8.2 billion by 2037.
IATA has repeatedly warned that airports around the world will struggle to deal with this expansion, and has urged governments to make necessary investments.
According to IGA, the company responsible for constructing and operating the new facility in Istanbul, the airport will initially have three runways and, by 2028, six runways with a capacity of 500 aircraft.
Spread over an area of 76.5 million square meters, it will also boast car parks for around 70,000 cars.
The airport’s maiden voyage will be from Istanbul to the Turkish capital, Ankara, on October 31.