Atlantans next week have the chance to meet the group managing the construction and eventual operation of the New Istanbul Airport, which seeks to eventually dethrone Hartsfield-Jackson as the world’s busiest. 

A “reverse trade mission” led by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency will help American service providers learn how to participate in the $10 billion infrastructure project.

Delegates will represent IGA Operations and Management and the General Directorate of States Airports Authority in Turkey, or DHMI. They’ll be accompanied by commercial service officers from the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.

In addition to learning best practices during a visit to the Atlanta airport, the delegation will be hosted by the World Trade Center Atlanta for an Aug. 4 business briefing. The delegates will outline timelines for specific projects, the procurement process and details on the concession awarded to the Turkish team leading the project.

The New Istanbul Airport will handle 70 million passengers in its first phase, with capacity reaching to more than 150 million upon final completion. Istanbul’s largest current hub, Ataturk International Airport, has seen annual traffic nearly quadruple to 56 million since 2000, with 38 million of those travelers coming from abroad.

Atlanta will be directly connected to Ataturk next May when Turkish Airlines begins nonstop flights to Atlanta.

The business forum cost $75 to attend. Learn more and register here.

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...