Istanbul airport has announced a series of targets for 2024, including a significant increase in passenger numbers and flights.

The airport welcomed a total of 76 million passengers in 2023, and wants to increase this to 85 million this year, with a target of 532,000 flights during 2024, up from 505,968 last year.

The Turkish hub was the second busiest European airport in terms of passenger numbers in 2023 behind London Heathrow, and the busiest in terms of the number of flights.

The airport says it will invest €656.5 million this year, including €331.2 million on the construction of the East-West and back-up North-South runways, and €35 million towards the completion of the General Aviation Terminal.

It will also invest €146.4 million on a solar power project which is scheduled to be completed in 2024, and which will make Istanbul the first airport in the world to meet all of its electricity needs with renewable energy.

Finally the airport will invest €26.6 million in the construction of the Hilton Istanbul Airport, which is due to completion in the first quarter of 2025 – one of 11 Hilton group properties currently under development in Turkey.

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Next month Turkish Airlines will launch its inaugural flights to Australia, with a thrice-weekly service from Istanbul to Melbourne (via Singapore).

To read our recently published guide to Istanbul airport, from accommodation and business facilities to lounges, retail and dining, see:

A guide to Istanbul airport