General Information



The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is hosting the New Istanbul Airport Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) II, February 26-March 4, 2017, with visits to Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia. The delegation will include 16 senior officials from the General Directorate of States Airports Authority in Turkey (DHMI),  IGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş. (IGA) and Turkish Airlines. The delegation will be led by DHMI’s Director General and Chair of the Board of Directors. The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is organizing the RTM program and logistics on behalf of USTDA.

The Turkish government is building a third international airport, which will ultimately be the world’s largest once completed.  The expansive four-phase, multi-billion dollar project will have three terminals, six runways, and capacity for up to 200 million passengers per year.  Phase 1, which is currently underway, includes three independent parallel runways, taxiways, an apron, a terminal building, air traffic, communication and meteorology systems, as well as other service buildings.  

The first terminal will be the biggest terminal building under one roof, covering 1.3 million m2 and initially serving 90 million passengers per year.  The subsequent three phases, when completed and fully operational by 2028, will increase capacity to more than 200 million passengers per year. The airport will span nearly 20,000 acres, making it the largest airport in the world and the biggest air transfer hub in Europe.
This event is your opportunity to meet the decision-makers in this $12-16 billion project.
(For a background information sheet, click HERE.)

As part of the RTM, a business briefing for U.S. industry will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, Virginia.

Topics of Discussion Will Feature:
• Air traffic control
• Airfield management
• Aviation security
• Operation readiness and airport transfer
• Airport collaborative decision making
• Smart airport and data integration

Participating in the Business Briefing:
• Informs your business about the needs and goals of Turkey’s aviation sector
• Connects U.S. businesses with key decision makers and potential buyers
• Provides details on potential business opportunities
• Allows you to meet one-on-one with key officials from Turkey’s aviation sector and U.S. government representatives

The registration fee for the business briefing is $95 per person, and includes continental breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks, and briefing materials. The business briefing also will provide the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the delegates.

Sponsorship opportunities for U.S. companies are available, including sponsorship of and attendance at informal dinners for the Turkish delegation on Monday, February 27, and Tuesday, February 28, in Washington, D.C.; and Thursday, March 2,  in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as complimentary registrations for the February 28 business briefing in Arlington, Virginia. If your firm is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Spencer Dickerson of AAAE as soon as possible ( Sponsorship slots are limited.

For further information on the February 28 business briefing in Washington, please contact Holly Ackerman of AAAE (

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