Liebherr cranes build world’s largest airport

By Mike Hayes25 October 2016

Liebherr has released aerial footage from the construction site of the world’s largest airport in Turkey.

The Istanbul New Airport, currently under construction in the European side of Istanbul, is utilising the 58 Liebherr tower cranes that constituted the firm’s largest ever order in 2015.

Turkish contractor IGA started work on the first phase of the US$ 10 billion project in mid-2014, with phase one completion due at the beginning of 2018.

By this summer, some 13,000 people and 2,000 construction machines were operating at the site.

At a recent Liebherr media event in Biberach, Germany, Danyel Temizkan, managing director of Liebherr Makine Ticaret Servis in Turkey, said, “The successful completion of a project of this nature in Turkey will enable Liebherr to demonstrate its technical, logistical and financial capacities.

“We are very confident that this will have a certain leverage effect for future projects in all these regions. This track record will open up new possibilities for us, not only for tower cranes but also for other Liebherr business units.”


Total Project Area: 76.5 million m²

Main Terminal Building Construction Area: 1,300,000 m²

Car park Construction Area: 700,000 m²

Car park Capacity: 18,000 vehicle

Total Closed Construction Area: 3.5 million m²

Terminal Building Concrete Amount: 1,000,000 m³

Terminal Building Ferrous Reinforcement: 180,000 ton

Terminal Roof Area: 450,000 m²

Terminal Front-Line Area: 500,000 m²

Daily Landing and Departure: 3,500 (total after phase 4)

Number of Airlines operating: more than 150

Runways: 6 (total after phase 4)

Annual Passenger Capacity:

  • Phase-1: 90 million passengers per year
  • Phase-4: of up to 200 million passengers per year

Flight Destinations: 350 worldwide

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