Europe is attempting to protect its own market through the use of the Corona Virus pandemic as an excuse, the CEO of Istanbul Airport operator IGA, mentioned Saturday.
Kadri Samsunlu’s remarks got here in an interview with Germany’s nationwide newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the place he assessed the scenario of the aviation trade and the plans of Istanbul Airport.
Touching on the attitudes of European Union member states concerning the restart of flights, Samsunlu advised that Europe is utilizing the Corona Virus pandemic as an excuse and attempting to protect its market within the short-term.
He mentioned they need to resume flights suspended in late March and famous that they don’t have pessimistic predictions concerning the decline within the aviation sector within the post-outbreak interval.
Turkey resumed home flights final week as it began progressively easing COVID-19 restrictions and is ready to resume worldwide flights this Wednesday.
Samsunlu additionally famous flights may attain 2019 ranges on the finish of 2021 if a second wave of the outbreak doesn’t happen.
Istanbul Airport’s third runway is accomplished and can open within the center of the yr, as deliberate, Samsunlu added.
He earlier mentioned the runway could be put into service on June 18 and can present vital operational benefits for the airport.
The airport’s third parallel runway is being constructed inside an space of 76.5 million sq. meters situated on the coast of the Black Sea between the Yeniköy and Akpınar areas. Once the runway turns into operational, the Triple Parallel Runway Operation, used at only a few airports on this planet, might be carried out.
Officially opened in a grand ceremony on Oct. 29, 2018, the anniversary of the Turkish Republic’s proclamation in 1923, the airport grew to become absolutely operational on April 6, 2019. In its first full yr, the airport hosted 74 airways and welcomed greater than 64 million passengers.
It can deal with 90 million passengers a yr in its present part of growth and may soar to a possible capability of 200 million when absolutely accomplished.
“We don’t quit our goal of 150 million-200 million passengers,” Samsunlu mentioned.
He famous that hub airports stand out as the potential winners from the Corona Virus course of, including that thanks to its dimension, Istanbul Airport can extra simply present for the protection of passengers.
Samsunlu additional burdened that COVID-19 assessments might be carried out for each passenger arriving at Istanbul Airport and that the assessments could be accomplished inside two hours.