Yotel to open 451-room hotel at Istanbul New Airport

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IGA, the operator of Istanbul New Airport in Turkey, has signed an exclusive hotel management contract with London-based hotel group Yotel.

The new Yotel will be one of the biggest airport hotels in the world. It will boast airside and landside access, and will be located just inside the main terminal building.

“We are delighted to have chosen Yotel as our new airport’s exclusive air- and landside hotel operator,” said Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of airport operations at IGA. “Our focus is to bring an unprecedented passenger experience that is efficient and stress free, by cutting waiting times and paper processing. Yotel will contribute perfectly to our approach.

“I am confident that Istanbul New Airport will not only act as a showcase for world-renowned Turkish hospitality, but also as a new bridge that connects people and continents. As the inauguration of the New Airport is scheduled for October 29 this year, both local and international companies have been competing to secure a presence. Passengers will experience unique, never seen before, innovations.”

Yotel will divide the building into two zones – one airside (with 102 rooms) and one landside (349 rooms). Both parts will feature public spaces, among them Yotel’s signature Club Lounge concept with smart vending, co-working and relaxation areas, wellness centers and planted glazed atriums. In addition, the landside zone will include a restaurant, bar and 24/7 gym. The new hotel will also feature flexible meeting spaces with integrated technologies.

Commenting on the brand’s first investment in Turkey, Yotel CEO Hubert Viriot said, “We’ve witnessed Turkey’s and particularly Istanbul’s remarkable economic and urban development, transformation and its noticeably increased popularity over the past few years. Istanbul New Airport will only further increase Istanbul’s ever-expanding popularity and economy and Yotel is delighted to be a part of it.”

Istanbul New Airport, the world’s largest greenfield airport project, will replace Atatürk Airport. Capable of handling 200 million passengers a year once all four phases are complete, it will have six runways and three terminals.

With its 100,000m² (1,076,400ft²) retail area, the new airport will offer a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Smart technologies will enhance passenger experience through biometric screening and advanced passport control processes.

Istanbul New Airport hotel will be Yotel’s largest airport hotel. The company currently operates four airport hotels under the YotelAir brand, in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports.

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