The General Directorate of State Airports Authority, DHMI, of Turkey are preparing for the opening of a third airport to serve Istanbul. When complete, Istanbul New Airport is slated to become the largest airport in the world.
Opening in 2018, the airport’s first phase will see the introduction of two parallel runways with a capacity of 40 arrivals and 40 departures per hour. More runways are planned and in the final phase, six runways will carry some 150 million passengers to this Istanbul airport every year.
EUROCONTROL and DHMI Turkey ran a series of real-time simulation sessions to support the implementation of Phase 1 with a radically new airspace design for the Istanbul TMA (terminal manoeuvring area).
The simulated airspace included 14 ATC approach sectors in three layers from ground to FL245, with the inclusion of three airports, LTBA (Istanbul Atatürk Airport), LTFJ (Sabiha Gökçen International Airport) and LTFM (the Istanbul New Airport).
In order to create the most possible capacity, three Point Merge Systems (PMS) were designed and will operate at the same time. They will be associated with a new design of complex SID/STAR (Standard Instrument Departures/ Standard Instrument Arrivals) and holdings.
The simulator was adapted to faithfully replicate the future DHMI system with all the requisite ATC tools.