Olivier Jankovec, Director-General of Airports Trade Association ACI Europe, Istanbul Airport, has stated the airport surpassed most major European hubs not just since the outbreak of COVID-19, but also in June. ACI Europe statistics stated Istanbul airport was Europe’s busiest in June, with 5.996 million passengers, close to matching its pre-pandemic levels.
“This mainly reflects the fact that Turkey has followed a much less restrictive approach than other European states when it comes to lockdowns and travel restrictions,” Jankovec told.
The sheer magnitude of the country’s domestic market, he claimed, was the second most important driver of the airport’s success, because domestic air travel was “clearly” considerably more resilient throughout the pandemic. Finally, Istanbul Airport benefits from its cutting-edge facilities, high-quality infrastructure, and services, as well as a strong and ambitious home-based network of carriers (Turkish Airlines), with a broad and genuinely global route network.
“Istanbul Airport’s check-in areas, baggage delivery procedures, aircraft parking, and taxi facilities, as well as providing convenience to our guests at every stage of their journey, have increased its priority,” Turkish Airlines Board and Executive The chairman of the Ahmet Bolat committee, Anadolu has told the agency.
Several European airports are experiencing delays, cancellations, and strikes, and many businesses in the region are rushing to fulfill the surge in travel demand following the outbreak. At the same time, many airports, but particularly ground-handling corporations that have decreased their employees to do so, have found it incredibly difficult to re-employ people at airports.
To meet the unexpected surge in demand for air travel, it has become challenging to modernize infrastructure and services. Because of the necessity for security clearance as well as training, new airport staff takes time.
According to Ahmet Bolt, to retain liquidity and survive the pandemic, leading companies used many financial measures, such as layoffs, which have now become a culprit for the European crisis.