35 km north of Istanbul, a new airport is in the making. Covering 76.5 km2, the Istanbul Airport will be one of the largest airports in the world. In terms of passenger capacity too, it will be one of the biggest: when fully operational on completion in 2028, it will be able to handle more than 150 million passengers a year. The new airport is set to become a hub in the region. Several airlines intend siting their headquarters there. In close proximity to the Black Sea, Istanbul Airport will have its own port access.