more than 30 million passengers have traveled through the new Istanbul Airport as of Friday , Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said.
“The number of passengers continues to grow rapidly . We are also increasing the number of flight destinations ,” he said, adding that six new destinations have been added this year .
Turhan was speaking at a ceremony held after the completion of drilling works for a metro tunnel leading to Istanbul Airport . The first part of the Gayrettepe-Istanbul Airport line will be opened next year , the minister said .
The line – which will be 37.5 kilometers (23.3 miles) long and include nine stations – is already 80% complete , Turhan said .
Once fully operational , Istanbul Airport will be the world’s largest in terms of the number of passengers . The airport has seen the number of flights increase steadily since it made the big switch from the now-closed Atatürk Airport early March . All four phases of the airport’s construction and expansion , including six runways , is expected to be completed by 2028 .