Istanbul Mega Airport on the European side of the metropolis has reached another milestone by being named the busiest airport in Europe between 15 and 21 May. This is evidenced by the data provided by the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol).

During the week from May 15 to May 21, an average of 1,401 flights were carried out through the airport, which began operation on October 29, 2018.

According to the latest report from Eurocontrol, Istanbul Airport eclipsed its peers by taking first place in terms of flight volume. It is followed by Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where an average of 1,330 flights per day was made, and London’s Heathrow Airport, which registered 1,302 flights daily.

“According to week 20 data published by Eurocontrol, Istanbul Airport has become the leader in Europe with an average of 1,401 flights per day,” Istanbul Airport operator IGA said in a social media post. The operator also thanked the passengers who chose the airport for travel.

The unique glass and steel structure along the Black Sea coast has become one of the most important transit hubs in aviation since it opened in late October 2018.

Istanbul Airport at this stage can handle 90 million passengers a year, which is very small compared to its potential capacity of 200 million people, which makes it the largest in the world.

All four phases of the airport’s construction and expansion, including six runways, are expected to be completed by 2028.

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