Keep an eye on Delhi and Istanbul as global aviation hubs

Both New Delhi and Istanbul have been rising in prominence as international aviation hubs, thanks in part to billions of dollars in government investment.


Turkey’s new Istanbul Airport opened in October 2018, replacing Ataturk Airport as the city’s main travel center. The megaproject cost $12 billion and is set to be completed in 2027. As AFAR has reported, the finished project will be bigger than Manhattan island, covering 29.5 square miles of land. It will also be one of the biggest airports in the world by passenger capacity, able to accommodate 200 million travelers annually.

India has also been ramping up investment in its aviation industry. This year, Modi’s administration announced a plan to invest ₹980 billion ($11.88 billion) by 2025 in the country’s aviation infrastructure to improve domestic connectivity, build new airports, and update existing structures. Demand in the aviation sector has surged post-covid, with Air India recently making the largest plane order in the history of commercial aviation with Boeing.


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