Videos of Presentations – 2015

General Abstract (summary)

The seminar discussed about the multi airport hub system of the vibrant city of Istanbul with a combined group of speakers from the academia and the industry. Istanbul is one of the fastest growing air transport markets in the word. Important players are Turkish airlines as the main operator of Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, where it holds its hub and is the airline serving the largest number of international destinations in the word. Istanbul second airport Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is the home base of the super low cost carrier Pegasus and hub hub as it connects passengers.

Ataturk International Airport (IST – on the European Side of Istanbul) and Sabiha International  Airport (SAW – on the Asian side of Istanbul) have been one of the fastest growing airports in the recent years with a combined traffic of 80,5 Million passengers in 2014 (Source: GDSAA). Both airports are reaching the limit on capacity and the difficulty of expanding Ataturk made the Turkish Government to define a greenfield airport project.

Istanbul New Airport is a new airport project already started that aims to become the largest airport in the world with a planned capacity of 150 million passengers.


Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk
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Abstract: The seminar was introduced highlighting the importance of the Air Transport Sector as and strategic sector for Turkey. Also the importance of establishing strong links between business and education, where student get education outside of the classroom.

Keywords: Ozyegin University, School of Aviation, Air Transportation, Istanbul, Seminar


Mehmet Erkan Dursun |IATA
Presentation 1: The rise of the Turkish Aviation Industry
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Abstract: To have a better understanding of Air Transportation Industry in a specific country, you need to understand the dynamics of this country. Mr. Dursun focuses on Geography, Demographic Characteristics and Economy of Turkey on his presentation and examine the Air Transport Industry Developments which happened in Turkey since 2003.

Keywords: IATA, Turkey Air Transportation, Turkey Economy,

Dr. Gökhan Doğan
Project Development Director | TAV Airports Holding
Presentation 2: Evolution of Istanbul Ataturk Airport as a Hub
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Abstract: TAV Airports Holding has a contract to operate Istanbul Ataturk Airport until 2021 and New Airport is planned to be opened in 2017. Mr. Dogan gives the insights of TAV Airports Company which currently operates 14 airports in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Then he mentions the general characteristics of a Hub Airport, advantages of Istanbul to be a hub point and how Istanbul Ataturk Airport copes with the traffic growth and congestion.

Keywords: Istanbul, Ataturk Airport, TAV Airports.

Dr. Vildan Durmaz
Anadolu University
Presentation 3: Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of 3rd Airport in Istanbul
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Abstract: Ms. Durmaz highlights the importance of Turkey’s Geographic position. She defines the sustainable development and social and economic contribution of Air Transportation Industry to society, Then she answers these questions; does Istanbul need to be a hub, is Istanbul capable of being a hub, is there any environmental impacts of fast growing air transportation and what are the possible damages of airports to the nature.

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Environment, Air transportation, Airport, Istanbul

Dr. Anne Graham
Westminster University (UK)
Presentation 4: The Key Airport Challenges
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Abstract: Ms. Graham started with the main reason of airport expansion which is traffic growth and followed by the main expansion options: 1) Expanding existing airport; 2) Building a new airport; and 3) Spreading the traffic in a multi-airport system. She used mainly international examples of each option and described the main expansion and traffic hub issues. For instance, whether to close or to keep existing airports. She explain more in detail the London multi-airport system case and highlighted some of the implications for Istanbul.

Keywords:  Istanbul, Airport, Hub, Multi-airport system, London

Mertol Genç
CEO IGA – Istanbul New Airport
Presentation 5: The Istanbul New Airport
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Abstract: The CEO of Istanbul New Airport, Mr. Genc Justifies the need of a new airport in Istanbul with latest statistics. He explains the timeline of the project both construction and operation period. The new airport is planned as a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) Project. Then he give insights for member companies of consortium and their obligations to governmental bodies. He highlights the importance of master planning and how New Airport master plan has been prepared. He also shows some examples of new innovational techniques and technologies that they are planning to implement. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Genc explains the Environmental Management System of Project.

Keywords:  Istanbul, New Airport, Hub, IGA

All Guest Speakers
Round Table & Discussion
Dr. Hatice Küçükönal – Director, the School of Aviation
Seminar Closing Speech
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Abstract: The transition of the actual two airports system (Istanbul Ataturk – IST and Sabiha Gokcen – SAW), with the capacity shortages,  into the new airport System (Istanbul New Airport and Sabiha Gokcen) was discussed. The optimal airport ownership structure for Istanbul case was compared with the London case. Critical points to achieve high quality of service as for instance the passenger experience and staff attitude. The round table was completed with the skills and training necessary for the airport sector.

Keywords:  Istanbul, Airport, Hub, Seminar, Training

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