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.

  • 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.

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The event is very well organised. There has been a good mix of conference topics, and I have appreciated that the conference has addressed emerging topics such as climate change. There have been good speakers, interesting topics, and good debate.

Andrew Watt

Head of Environment Unit


I like the size of the exhibition and have spoken to many of the suppliers. I have also enjoyed the focus of the conference presentations and the working sessions. There has been a lot of interaction and a good level of debate. The event is definitely addressing the right issues.

Thomas Hoff Andersson

Director Airport Optimisation

Copenhagen Airports

I have appreciated all of the conference presentations – they have been very interesting. There have been a lot of questions and a good level of debate in each session. ACI Airport Exchange is also very useful for networking – I have met many new contacts. It is good to be able to interact and share experiences at this event, in order to improve together. The spirit of the event is very nice.

Franck Mereyde

Managing Director

Paris-Orly Airport

It’s always good to be able to have that exchange of information and to network – because everybody does things differently. We all have airports and share common problems and it's great to hear peoples’ experiences, what works and doesn’t work, what people have tried and what’s coming down the line.

Michael McElvaney

VP Operations

Hamad International Airport

There is a lot to be learned at this event, and I have taken from Airport Exchange confirmation of many of the ideas that we have had in Norway. The IT & Facilitation conference in particular has been very good.

Jon Henrik Thorshaug

Head of Market and Business Development


All the aspects of aviation were covered – whatever area of aviation you are in this is the place to be. This is my first time attending Airport Exchange, and it will definitely not be my last. The conference has been very interesting, with a wide variety of exciting topics.

Sufyan F H Abbas

Security Controller Operations

Emirates Group Security