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Estimating the future role and success of the Istanbul Airport: a regional planning perspective

Karadoğan, Baran Can
Today, the aviation sector is considered as the driving force for the economies of countries, regions and cities and contributes not only to economic developments but also to social development. Every day, new air transport connections are being created all over the world and people's demand for air transport is growing. In order to get a share from the development of the aviation sector, which is a very important field in today's economies, countries all over the world are in harsh competition. Within the scope of this competition, countries want to create various advantages by developing relevant strategies. Within the framework of all the events and changes in the world, Turkey also carries out various actions to achieve their goals and develop some strategies for the aviation industry. Turkey has experienced quite quick and quite an advanced growth in the field of air transportation in the last 20 years. According to statistics of General Directorate of State Airports Authority, while 34 million passengers used air transportation in 2003 in Turkey, this amount has increased 6 times and nearly 211 million passengers used air transportation in 2018. Turkey is developing various strategies and implementing some actions in order to be more competitive in a rapidly evolving global aviation. The most important of these strategies can be considered as the new airport investment in Istanbul. This thesis mainly aims to develop predictions on the role of Istanbul Airport, the highest cost investment in the history of the Republic, in the future and how it will play a role in the global aviation sector. Various quantitative and qualitative research methods have been used during the research and the future of Istanbul Airport has been evaluated by using the information obtained as a result of the workshops with the stakeholders.