Site Visits

Site Visits to:
Istanbul International Airport; or

Wednesday 24th April 2024 – 8.00am-12noon

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(Site Visits open to conference delegates only)


Istanbul Airport is the larger of two international airports serving Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of the city.

It served more than 64 million passengers in 2022, making it the busiest airport in Europe and 7th-busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and, by serving more than 48 million international passengers, the 5th-busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic according to ACI World traffic values. It serves up to 114 countries and is the hub for Turkish Airlines.

Construction of the airport was divided over four phases. When all stages are completed, the airport will have the capacity to serve 200 million yearly passengers, which would at that time have made it the world’s biggest airport. The cost of the project was estimated at €7 billion.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights were transferred from Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport on 6 April 2019, following the closure of Atatürk Airport for scheduled passenger flights.

With the full co-operation of the Ministry of Interior, The World Border Security Congress is delighted to offer a guided site visit of the new Istanbul International Airport for a limited number of delegates.


The World’s First Underground Cruise Ship Terminal

Positioned as a homeport, Galataport Istanbul is a world-class cruise ship port that is set to vitalize cruise tourism across an extensive region from the Mediterranean basin to the Black Sea. An exemplary project worldwide and a groundbreaking innovation thanks to its special hatch system that enables the terminal to be placed underground, Galataport Istanbul is transforming the Karaköy coastline, which had been closed to public access for a long time, into one of the best promenades in the city.

The hatch system separates the customs and security (ISPS) areas when there is no ship berthed at the port creating a temporary customs area and keeping the promenade open to public.

Galataport Istanbul’s hatch system, the first of its kind in the world, and a 29,000-square meter underground cruise ship terminal have enabled the passengers and crew of cruise ships a comfortable and safe travel experience in accordance with the new normal. Equipped with the latest technologies and four-times larger than the previous structure, Galataport Istanbul’s entire passenger and luggage traffic has been carried underground. These include passport control and customs as well as road access by taxi, minibuses and tour buses, enabling unrestricted view of the sea.

Galataport Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal has been designed to meet the needs and expectations of every type and class of cruise ship and every segment of passengers. The terminal is set to offer an amazing experience to 25 million visitors, including 7 million foreign tourists and 1.5 million cruise ship passengers. As the entrance and exit point for visitors to the country, the terminal was designed to be as aesthetic as it is functional to leave a profound first impression on passengers.

The terminal follows international standards in all passenger, luggage and passport control services and operations, which are entirely underground. The terminal has been designed by Istanbul-based architecture firm Autoban, whose accurate conceptualization of passenger movements and terminal functions contribute to the visitor experience.

Spaces are limited so ensure you book your place on the site tour early.


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