Istanbul Ataturk’s success was shown as an exemplary achievement to all airports worldwide
During the opening of this year’s ACI World-Europe Conference held in Istanbul under the TAV Airports sponsorship, the aviation sector was highlighted as an industry that is resistant to crisis.
More than 800 senior executives who govern 95% of the global air traffic met in Istanbul. Airport Council International, the main organization of the airport operators and ACI Europe have decided to hold their general assembly meetings in Istanbul this year. The opening ceremony of the two-day conference which started today at Istanbul Congress center was attended by many executives including State Airport Authority (DHMI) General Manager Orhan Birdal, ACI World General Director Angela Gittens, ACI Europe General Director Olivier Jankovec and TAV Group CEO and ACI Europe Board Member Sani Sener.
Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim sent a video message to the opening ceremony and emphasized that Turkey has achieved a significant success in the aviation sector for the past 10 years. He said that despite the global standstill, Turkey has achieved double digit growth rates which created the need for more investment in infrastructure.
ACI World General Director Angela Gittens said that airports are facing new obstacles and opportunities due to increasing global competition and that she will share her experiences in this area during the next two days. Showing the double digit growth rates achieved by Istanbul Ataturk Airport as an example, Gittens underlined the importance of this achievement. Stating that airports were inclining mainly towards passenger based revenues in line with airlines and airline associations getting strong, Gittens also said "The view that airports operate in monopoly is a myth."
TAV Group CEO and ACI Europe Board Member Sani Sener said that Istanbul is an historical city dating back 3000 years and they are very happy to be hosting such a major event. Sener said that Turkey has missed the opportunities during the initial stages of globalization however; infrastructural investments and privatization projects were realized rapidly in a stabilized environment that the single party government brought during 2000s.
“We provided service to 10 million passengers during our first year of operation at Ataturk Airport. Last year we welcomed 45 million passengers and the total number of passengers we provide service to across all airports we operate reached 72 million. The coalition of TAV Airports and Aéroports de Paris created one of the world's largest platforms in the airport operation sector. In this sector, knowing the behavior and demands of the passengers is very important; together with AdP, we have data for 200 million passengers and I am confident that we will move both our industry and company forward. I would like to thank you all and wish everyone a pleasant meeting.”