Istanbul Airport

An artist's impression of terminal buildings at the new Istanbul Airport
The new Istanbul Airport will handle 200 million passengers a year.

British Steel has supplied structural sections into the new Istanbul Airport, which is destined to become the biggest facility of its kind in the world.

The development covers 76.5 million square metres and contains 640,000 tonnes of steel – enough to build 80 Eiffel Towers.

The airport was opened in October 2018 and, by the end of the year – when the project has been completed and services transfer from Ataturk International Airport – it’s expected to be handling 200 million passengers a year.

Technology is at the heart of the project with the airport utilising robots, artificial intelligence and facial recognition. And it says it will have the best baggage handling system in the world to minimise waiting times with its 42 kilometre-long baggage system having the capacity to handle 10,800 pieces of luggage.

To enhance the passenger experience, the airport will have stores covering more than 55,000 square metres and a food court covering 32,000 square metres. And in seven years’ time it’s expected the airport will employ 225,000 people, directly and indirectly.



This is a phenomenal project, the scale of which is awe-inspiring. We were delighted to be invited to supply our sections into the airport so it’s exciting to see it open. We’ve an excellent track record of supplying into projects of this nature and we’re proud to be helping connect millions more passengers as they travel across the world.

Richard Farnsworth, British Steel’s Managing Director for Construction