The new $727.4 million (€500 million) terminal at Istanbul’s second airport on the Anatolian side has been built by airport operator Limak-GMR-MAHB Consortium in record 18 months.
The completion of the project makes GMR the first Indian private sector company to successfully complete an airport project abroad.
The new terminal will multiply airport’s annual capacity to a 25 million passenger mark. It will provide direct employment opportunities to over 1,500 people and indirectly to many more through outsourcing. The airport currently handles 5 million passengers annually.
The new terminal was inaugurated by the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, and the Malaysian Transport Minister, Mr Y. B. Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, were also present at the ceremony.
Ready by Nov 9
The new terminal will become operational on November 9, with Turkish Airlines starting operations to seven European destinations including London, Moscow, Amsterdam and Berlin. Malaysian Airlines also plans to start operating three times a week to the new airport, said the Chairman of Malaysian Airports, Dr Aris bin Othman.
The new Terminal Complex will offer:
* A four – storey car park with a capacity of about 4,718 vehicles and 72 buses,
* A three – storey hotel with 128 rooms, adjacent to the terminal and with separate entrances at air and land sides,
* 112 check – in, 24 online check – in counters,
* VIP & apron viewing CIP halls,
* 5.000 sqm food court area, for cafés and restaurants of the leading food & beverage brands
* One of Europe’s largest Duty Free shopping area, with a size of 4.500 sqm with shops at international standards.
* Multi aircraft parking system, allowing synchronized service to 8 D-E type aircrafts with large fuselages or 16 C type middle sized fuselage aircrafts.
In July 2007 GMR along with the Turkish company Limak and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhard Airports won the contract to build the new airport building. The contact is on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model, with the consortium having rights for 20 years.