The Istanbul New Airport has taken just 42 months to build and when fully completed by 2028, will be the world’s largest airport, with an annual capacity of 200 million passengers.
The first phase of the Istanbul New Airport (Istanbul Yeni Havalimani) project was completed 2018 and it features the world's largest single terminal, measuring 1.3 million m2 (14 million ft2) and a capacity of 90 million passengers per year.
It is planned to become the largest airport in the world with a 150 million annual passenger capacity and the flexibility to be upgraded to handle 200 million passengers.
Covering an area of 76.5 million m2 just north of Istanbul city centre, the project is on an epic scale even on completion.
With leading edge architecture and state-of-the-art airport facilities, systems and operations, the specification for the radio communication system to be employed across the airport meant no stone was left unturned to ensure the right technology was selected with the flexibility and scalability to meet operational needs today and into the future.
Delivering a seamless passenger experience
To ensure passengers receive the best possible experience from the moment they arrive at the airport to the moment their aircraft takes off, staff will be supported by the latest technology which includes a KENWOOD NEXEDGE® 2nd Generation trunked radio system.
In line with the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) management concept adopted at the airport, the new NEXEDGE system will enable Terminal, Air Side, and Technical Services departments to be fully integrated.
The selection processes
The NEXEDGE system was selected to meet the requirement for radio communication coverage and capacity following an evaluation process which included several key criteria, including:
- Capability of the technology
- Flexibility of configuration
- Reliability of infrastructure and devices
- Ease of system expansion
- Reputation of supplying company
- Proven experience of the airport environment
- 4 million m2 (43 million ft2) of apron space
- Lounges, shops, restaurants, medical facilities, prayer rooms, convention centre and hotel
While NEXEDGE systems have already been successfully implemented at 32 airports in Turkey and numerous others worldwide, it nevertheless had to pass a thorough technical evaluation, comparison and test process before the decision to select it was approved.
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