Some bits of news from the ACI
annual congress in Istanbul this week.
Participants included TK
CEO Temel Kotil, Transport Minister Yildirim, executives from TAV operator IST
airport and IGA operators of the future 3rd airport, plus other many industry and airport delegates.
o Commends Turkey as model nation for its leadership in development of air transportation. Positive regulatory environment, priority given to infrastructure investment, pro consumer environment, and active civil aviation authority.
o Expect doubling of world air traffic by 2030. Travel becoming ever more accessible for global citizens. No longer hobby of the elite.
o 3rd airport on track for 2018. Main terminal and 3 runways part of phase 1.
o Expect 80-90 million passengers first year
o Will move forward immediately with phase 2 with additional terminal and runway to meet annual 100mil+ forecast demand.
o Biggest infrastructure project in Turkish history
o 6,000 - 8,000 workers on site daily on 24/7 shift
o Biggest challenge to date has been excavation and earth works leveling site. At peak used 2,000 trucks to move earth.
o Expect to be Europe's busiest
o Not only will airport be key passenger hub, but also for cargo. DHL earlier announced building 20,000sqm Regional Operation Centre and hub at new airports. Also companies like Amazon will be creating new distribution logistic center in Turkey near airport to serve much of Europe, Africa and MidEast.
o Now truly a global company and can integrate capital, knowledge and technology in airport construction and management.
o Directly manages 14 airports in 7 counties, but subsidiary companies operate at over 50 airports providing everything from ground handling to duty free and food and beverage services.
o With partnership with ADP Aéroports de Paris will become ever more active. See opportunities in Africa, Asia and Americas.
o Expect IST
to overtake FRA
as Europes 3rd busiest airport.
o New airports in Beijing, Dubai and Istanbul will make these cities worlds most largest transit centers.
o Airports once built for benefit of airlines and operational ease in mind are now increasingly focused on passenger experience instead.
o Being able to digitally engage customer becoming important for airlines and airports.
o Expect no slot constraints at new airport. New airport will offer 1.5x slot capacity of current IST
from day one, and approx 3x the slot capacity when all 6 runways operations.
o Air carrier passenger ops will end at IST
once new airport opens. Still considering options, but maybe allow some bizjet, maintenance and cargo ops could remain at IST
in short term. Long term want to redevelop former airport land into other uses.
o Very excited about new airport. Better passenger experience and room for lots of network growth
o Today TK
offers more connections between Europe-Africa-Middle East then any airline
o Considering development of one or more regional brands to further provide feed the new airport. At the moment TK
has no aircraft under 100 seats besides its Borajet partnership while all its European peers have significant regional feed options.
o Could serve "hundreds" of second and third tier airports with regional feed within 3hrs of Istanbul.
o As Istanbul's connectivity grows, more foreign companies are attracted to set up offices which drives further demand and connectivity. Its become a "self sustaining cycle". TK
seeing its highest ever volume of premium and business demand from IST
o Pegasus with 100 planes on order reviewing opportunities for ops at 3rd airport. While very happy and dominant hub carrier at SAW
, but with ~90km road distance between two airports sees two airport as operating complimentary side by side and serving own catchment areas.