Istanbul Airport at night

Istanbul Airport breaks its record for flights and passengers

Istanbul’s main international airport, the 2nd busiest in the world, broke its record for flights and passengers.

Istanbul Airport broke its own record for daily flights and passengers on April 30 with the start of the national holiday for the end of Ramadan, with a total of 195,640 passengers and 1,301 flights, as announced by the Turkish Minister of Transport, Adil Karaismailoğlu.

The minister highlighted that during the pandemic and despite the restrictions, Istanbul Airport became the second busiest in the world: “The airport welcomed 75.7 million passengers in 2021, which represents an increase in 76.4%,” Karaismailoğlu said. During last January, and according to data from ACI Europe, the European airport of Istanbul received 37 million passengers, becoming the airport with the highest volume of passengers in all of Europe.

The minister added that during the first quarter of 2022, a total of 81,876 flights departed from Istanbul Airport: “In other words, about 11.4 million people used Istanbul Airport, on 2.9 million domestic flights and 8 .5 million international flights”, said Karaismailoğlu, also recalling other projects in the sector such as the new Rize-Artvin Airport, built in the sea and inaugurated by Turkish President Erdoğan on May 14.

In addition to the modern Istanbul Airport, opened in 2019 on the outskirts of the European side of the Turkish metropolis, Turkey has 56 more airports on its territory: a figure that, according to the minister, is expected to increase to 61 by the year 2053.