Turkey is planning to build the world’s busiest airport, with six runways and the capability to handle 150 million passengers per year, along the Black Sea coast near Istanbul. The first stage of the $5.6 billion project, with the capacity to handle 90 million passengers, is scheduled to be completed by 2017.
Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the city’s main airport at present, has a maximum annual capacity of about 45 million passengers. Istanbul’s upcoming bid for the 2020 Olympics is a key factor behind the new airport mega-project.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International is at present the world’s busiest airport with passenger traffic of over 92 million in 2011.