On the way towards the world record
Construction of Istanbul Airport for 150 million passengers per year
Plants and machines from Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm and Benninghoven are playing a vital part in the construction of the "New Istanbul Airport".
After just three years of construction, the world's biggest airport (measured by passenger numbers) is set to go into operation in 2018, initially with two runways, expanding to three by 2019 and, by the end of the project in 2028, to six. The İstanbul Yeni Havalimanı, to give the "New Istanbul Airport" its official name, is also the biggest infrastructure project in the history of Turkey.
As so often on airport job sites, Wirtgen Group technologies are on the radar. That is also the case with the developer İGA, a consortium of the five leading Turkish contractors Cengiz, MAPA, Limak, Kolin and Kalyon. The construction companies have opted for a Wirtgen Group fleet comprising over 50 machines and plants. To be precise, Benninghoven asphalt mixing plants, Vögele road pavers and Hamm compactors and tandem rollers for soil and asphalt compaction will be responsible for getting the job site set for take-off. Wirtgen slipform pavers will be used to produce a number of concrete taxiways.
Wirtgen soil stabilizers and Hamm compactors lay the perfect foundations
The earthworks for the new airport were a major project in themselves. On this 9,000 ha (22,240 acres) site, the challenge was to create a base with a high load-bearing capacity. But the machines which took on the job – three Wirtgen soil stabilizers of types WR 240, WR 200 and WR 2500 and ten Hamm 3516 compactors with an operating weight of 16 t were more than up to the task.