İstanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport has been named the world’s fastest growing airport by Airports Council International (ACI).
According to the ACI’s World Airport Traffic Report 2010 published earlier this month, the airport, which is located on the Anatolian side of the city, was ranked as the world’s fastest growing airport among 1,300 airports in 157 countries around the world. Sabiha Gökçen Airport experienced a 24 percent increase in domestic passengers to 5.32 million in the first seven months of 2010, while there was a 29 percent rise in international passengers to a total of 2.57 million in the same period.
Brazil’s Campinas Airport placed second on the list, while an airport in South America’s Rio de Janeiro came in third. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US was named in the report as the world’s busiest airport, with Beijing and Chicago coming in second and third, respectively.
In a written statement to the press, Sabiha Gökçen Airport CEO Gökhan Buğday said they are trying to maintain passenger satisfaction and quality of service at the highest level. “Our goal is to close this year with a total passenger volume of 16 million to again win the world’s fastest growing airport award,” he noted.