TAV's history dates back to 1997, with the official call for tenders for the Istanbul Atatürk Airport International Terminal Building. TAV was established as a joint venture between Tepe and Akfen groups who won the tender. Put into operation in 2000, Istanbul Atatürk Airport is amongst the very first examples of "Build-Operate-Transfer" projects in the world. This project, reflecting the contemporary image of Turkey, has also come to be the first concrete step of TAV's success story.
TAV has become a global brand in airport construction projects as well as airport operations; a brand new area, thanks to its know-how, highly skilled human resources and advanced technology in a very short time. As part of a planned process, the company reorganized its organizational structure in 2006, and grouped its “operational” and “construction” activities under the TAV Airports Holding (TAV Airports) and TAV Construction. Following this reorganization, TAV Airports was presented for initial public offering in February 2007. In May 2012, Group ADP became the majority shareholder in TAV Airports. The Group continues to build on its success every year and strive to represent Turkey in the best manner possible in the international arena.
TAV Airports maintains its leading position in the airport operations sector in Turkey. TAV Airports operates Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Gazipasa Alanya and Milas Bodrum Airports in Turkey as well as Tbilisi and Batumi Airports in Georgia, Monastir and Enfidha-Hamammet Airports in Tunisia, Skopje and Ohrid Airports in Macedonia, Medinah Airport in Saudi Arabia and Zagreb Airport in Croatia. TAV Airports is also active in other areas of airport operations including duty free, food and beverage, ground handling, IT, security and operation services. Within the same context, TAV Airports also operates duty free, food and beverage and other commercial areas at Riga Airport in Latvia. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company provided services to 836,000 flights and 115 million passengers in 2017.