Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu pointed out that they have continued to write a success story in aviation for 19 years, and noted that investments did not slow down despite the pandemic, and Gaziantep Airport is an example of this.
Gaziantep Airport's new terminal building was inaugurated with the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said, “The new terminal building has been increased from 24 thousand 949 square meters to 72 thousand 593 square meters. Annual passenger capacity increased from 2,5 million to 6 million, aircraft capacity increased from 12 to 18, and parking lot vehicle capacity increased from 585 to 2 thousand 49. In the new terminal building, where there are 50 counters for check-in, the domestic departures lounge is designed as 5, the arrivals lounge is 850, the international arrivals lounge is 3, and the departure lounge is designed as 741 square meters. .
SEAT CAPACITY INCREASED TO 103 thousand 529
Noting that they continue to meet the increasing needs with their investments in the airline, Karaismailoğlu stated that "they have made the airline the way of the people". Underlining that they have continued to write a success story in aviation for 19 years, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu stated that the number of aircraft, which was 2003 in 162, increased to 2021 as of November 552. Emphasizing that the seat capacity increased by 275 percent in the same period, from 27 thousand 599 to 103 thousand 529, Karaismailoğlu stated that the number of active airports, which was 2003 in 26, has reached 56 as of today. Karaismailoğlu stated that this number will increase to 61 with the new airports to be opened next year.
AIRSPACE IS BRAIDED WITH AIRLINE NETS
Underlining that the number of domestic destinations is supported by cross flights, Karaismailoğlu continued his evaluations as follows:
“Turkey's airspace is almost covered with airline networks. The number of countries with which we have air transport agreements increased from 81 to 173. As a result of agreements and negotiations, 2003 new destinations were added to the number of international flight destinations, which was 60 in 275. As of November 2021, our flight network has reached 128 destinations in 335 countries. The total number of passengers, which was 2003 million 34 thousand in 443, increased by 2019 percent in 507 to 209 million. Despite the pandemic that affected the whole world, the total number of passengers in 2020 approached 82 million. In the first eleven months of 2021, the total number of passengers exceeded 54 million, an increase of 118 compared to the same period of the previous year.
WE ARE AMONG THE COUNTRIES THAT PROVIDE THE FASTEST NORMALIZATION IN AVIATION
Explaining that the aviation industry has been given the necessary support with administrative, technical and financial regulations since the beginning of the epidemic, Karaismailoğlu said, “As a result of this; Our country was among the countries that achieved the fastest normalization in aviation after the pandemic. As a result of the measures taken, the post-Kovid recovery processes were 2019-60% in the world compared to 70, while in our country it was 80-90%.