Istanbul Grand Airport (iGA) has released a new documentary film looking at the story of the airport from its initial stages through to full operation. The film, A Monument of Victory: Istanbul Airport, provides a comprehensive look at the construction process of the new hub, the transfer of operations from the old airport, and the start of passenger operations.
The documentary highlights that iGA was completed in a record time of just 42 months. The airport boasts architecture and design that combines function with sense of place. The film also provides detail on what iGA has called ‘The Great Move’. In October 2018, Atatürk Airport closed to commercial passenger flights and operations were moved to iGA – this move saw materials weighing 47,300 tons in total transport to iGA.
Kadri Samsunlu, CEO, iGA Airport Operation, said, “With this documentary, the whole world will witness the moments when we achieved the impossible thanks to our ambition and determination. Thousands of people worked shoulder to shoulder with tremendous devotion in the whole process, from construction to operations of Istanbul Airport – the largest project in the Republic’s history. We are so proud to have brought an achievement of such magnitude to our country.
“This achievement is the product of Turkish engineering, our strong national economy, and above all, the ambition and determination of Turkish people. We have shot this documentary film to set an example for new projects and freeze this success story in people’s memories. I am a true believer that international travel will return to normal faster with the development of a vaccine, as a result of which travel restrictions will be lifted eventually.”