Istanbul New Airport could provide employment to up to 225,000 people by the year 2025 according to the recently published Istanbul New Airport Economic Impact Analysis.
The figures are part of a study which was prepared by Istanbul Economics, an independent research and consultancy company, and think tank EDAM (Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies), both based in Istanbul. Employment will come in fields like ground services, airlines, security, maintenance and repair, and food and beverage. Around 100,000 jobs could be created directly.
More jobs and economic growth are just some of the effects of the new airport. The researchers stress that the international hub will foster direct investments and innovations. “There is a proven relationship between airline connections and the capacity of countries in attracting foreign direct investment,” they state. High-technology production and knowledge-intensive services are attracted by strong airline connections. Innovation centers and science parks will arise around the airport. Access to medium- and long-distance flights also contributes to the growth of high-technology employment.
Istanbul will be one of the main beneficiaries of the airport, whose first phase is planned to be activated in the first quarter of 2018. It will have 2,000 flights a day and host 90 million passengers per year. Daily 3,500 flights and a capacity of 200 million passengers are planned for the long run.
Airport City, with its hotels, office buildings, and health-care centers, forms the new business center of the city. Istanbul will develop further on an east-west axis, which will help ease the pressures of migration. Investments in infrastructure projects like the Third Bosporus Bridge and in new train and public transport services to the hinterland bring the city closer together and help develop the area around the airport where urban development is relatively weak.