At Turkish airports, the number of passengers is near that of pre-COVID-19

Discover how Turkish airports are making a remarkable recovery, with passenger numbers nearing pre-COVID-19 levels. Find out how domestic and international air traffic has grown, and learn about the impressive capacity of Istanbul Airport, the largest airport in the world. Explore the latest data on passenger and airline traffic in Turkey, and the opening of new airports to meet increasing demand.

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Turkey's Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the density of airports is nearing pre-coronavirus outbreak levels. Passenger traffic on Turkish airlines grew by approximately 187 percent year-over-year in May, according to Adil Karaismailolu. By Karaismailolu's count, 57 million people flew domestically and 28.41 million flew internationally between January and May.


More than 33.7 million people will be served by travel restrictions meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in 2021 and 2020. 74.22 million passengers passed through Turkish airports between January and May this year.

Compared to last year, domestic and international air traffic grew by 54.7 percent and 161.4 percent, totaling 94.56 percent, according to Karaismailolu's data. 21.54 million passengers passed through the glass-and-steel Istanbul Airport in its first five months of operation.

October 2018 marked the official inauguration of Istanbul Airport, which will be fully operational by the end of this year. It can currently accommodate 90 million passengers per year, which is impressive, but it pales in comparison to the 200 million passengers it can handle at full capacity, making it the largest airport in the world.


According to Karismailolu, there has been an increase in the number of people trapped because of the outbreak. The minister said that passenger travel in 2019 had already reached 93% by the end of the previous month. During May, more than 7.2 million passengers flew domestically and 8.6 million flew abroad. 

Compared to last year, traffic increased by 134.1 percent and 253.6 percent. According to Karismailolu, the volume of freight traffic increased by 50% in 2018 to 338,107 tons. There were more than 11.3 million visitors to Turkey's tourist destinations in the first five months of this year.

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport handled 3.230 million passengers, whereas Mula Dalaman Airport handled 817,248 passengers, according to Karaismailoglu. According to the minister, Turkey's passenger and airline traffic has recovered to pre-pandemic levels.

According to the State Airports Authority General Directorate, Turkish airports will serve roughly 128.3 million passengers in 2021, up from 81.7 million in 2020. (DHMI). Tokat and Rize-Artvin airports recently opened, bringing the total number of airports in Turkey to 57, as evidence of the need for increased industrial support, according to Karaismailoglu.

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