About the host: İGA Havalimanı.

ACI EUROPE and ACI Asia Pacific are delighted to be working in close collaboration with İGA to deliver what promises to be a highlight of the long-running ACI Airport Exchange programme.

İGA Havalimanı – the company building the world’s biggest new airport 35km north of Istanbul – will host ACI Airport Exchange 2015.

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Dedicated Istanbul New Airport Development Conference

In addition to the 5 specialist ACI Airport Exchange conferences, this stream is entirely dedicated to the €10.2 billion Istanbul New Airport project, featuring key figures from the leadership, design and procurement teams delivering this game-changing mega hub.

Istanbul New Airport Development Conference stream

Istanbul New Airport: Facts and timeline

  • January 2013

    DHMI, the Turkish state airports authority, issues a tender for a 25-year BOT concession for Istanbul New Airport to be built on a greenfield site 35km north of Istanbul.

    The mega-hub will have an anticipated capacity for up to six runways serving 150 million passengers with extendable capacity up to 200 million. 150 airlines will operate from the airport, serving more than 350 international destinations. Construction cost: €10.2 billion.

  • May 2013

    May 2013: The CMLKK consortium (comprising Cengiz-Mapa-Limak-Kolin-Kalyon) wins the concession for €22.152 billion – an amount to be paid as rent in addition to the €10.2 billion construction cost – the largest concession bid in Turkish history.

  • October 2013

    İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi Anonim Şirketi (İGA) is founded as the new airport company to manage the project.

  • November 2013

    Concession agreement signed between İGA and DHMI.

  • March 2014

    Master Plan submitted to DHMI.

  • June 2014

    Construction begins with groundbreaking ceremony performed by the Prime Minister.

  • January 2015

    Construction proceeds rapidly as the world’s biggest duty free agreement signed with Unifree DutyFree (including Gebr. Heinemann) involving a €120 million investment in a 53,000sqm airside retail space.

  • March 2015

    İGA announces it will host ACI Airport Exchange 8-10 December 2015, the first major international event focused around this game-changing megahub.

  • December 2015

    İGA hosts ACI Airport Exchange at the Istanbul Congress Center. A record 1,800 attend the seven conference sessions and visit the 100+ exhibiting companies, making it the most successful ACI event ever.

  • April - 2016

    İGA and DHMI agree to host the 11th ACI Airport Exchange 15-17 November at the Istanbul Congress Center, projected to be visted by over 2,000 delegates from Europe and Asia and a 60-airport delegation from Africa sponsored by Turkish Airlines.

  • Q1 - 2018

    Istanbul New Airport Phase 1 scheduled to complete with three runways and a 1.3 million sqm, 90-million passenger capacity terminal. Construction of the three future phases continues.

Endorsement from attendees of ACI Airport Exchange 2015:

ACI Airport Exchange has been superbly organised, as always. I found the conference sessions very interesting, and it has been a fantastic forum for both learning and networking

Dr Rainer Schwarz

Managing Director

Rostock Airport

The event has been excellent and informative. I have found the conference sessions very interesting – there was lots of interaction and debate. The exhibition has been great, with a huge amount of companies to see. I have enjoyed the networking opportunities.

Daan Achmad

Director of Human Capital, General Affairs & IT

PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero)

It has been very interesting to hear from specialist speakers across the customer journey – it is clear that the value chain is becoming more aligned, and we are seeing more cooperation. The format of the conference sessions has worked very well, with a high level of debate and interaction with the audience. ACI Airport Exchange is also clearly very valuable in terms of networking opportunities.

Richard Jewsbury

Divisional Senior Vice President Projects

Emirates Airline

The conference sessions have been interesting, informative and contained diverse thoughts about the future. Most of the sessions I have attended have been based around security as this is the sector I work in. They have addressed all the things that airports are talking about, from contract management to security infrastructure and technology, and always connecting back to the passenger experience.

Kyile Whyte

Security Infrastructure & Equipment Manager

Sydney Airport

It has been an amazing event. It has been exceptionally well organised and on such a massive scale – the scale of the event matches the scale of the new Istanbul airport! It has been a wonderful showcase for İGA and Istanbul New Airport, and for delegates to learn about this new mega-hub. The social events and networking opportunities have been great as always, and the entertainment was outstanding. The exhibition was also very impressive, and well set out.

Johan Schölvinck

Vice-President Commercial

InterVISTAS Consulting Group

ACI Airport Exchange been very good and extremely well attended this year. I went to a couple of conference sessions, and I really enjoyed them. The sessions presented great information, particularly the keynote address with Dr Sani Şener, Member of the ACI Governing Board and CEO TAV Airports Holding and TAV Construction, and Mertol Genç, General Manager İGA Havalimanları. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the networking and social events.

LeeAnn Levesque

President and CEO


It has been a really good event and exhibition. It is the best of cultures between Europe and Asia, and of course with Turkey being one of the key drivers for aviation it is the right place and locations to do it, especially with the new airport. The most important part of the event is the exchange between Europe and Asia – even though aviation is a global business, the exchange between these two regions is very positive.

Pedro Alves

Business Development Manager


I thought the conference sessions were really well organised and informative and the flow of the sessions have been organised very well. There have been lots of very interesting and relevant topics, and I haven’t been to any that are boring. People always question whether it is worth taking the time out of day jobs to attend conferences, and for me it absolutely has been worth it. Valuable connections, and very valuable information.

Tijen Cirig

Director, Airport Solutions


The venue itself is pretty spectacular and there has been some really key players from different sectors in the market showcasing at the exhibition. The conference topics have been really great and relevant, particularly with İGA’s involvement and the focus on the new airport. We have had a very productive few days and people have been very open about their challenges, such as maximising airport infrastructure.

Nick Stevens

Senior Solution Architect


This year has been very, very good. We’ve met many new customers, and we have also been able to learn about and see other new solutions and products in the market. Customers, airports and airlines have tried to learn more about our self-tagging products and we have been very pleased with not just the results, but also the venue, the location and the food. ACI Airport Exchange is very good for not only the external market, but also the internal market.

Borry Vrieling

Founder and Managing Director