Turkish operator IGA to hire 16,000 staff for Istanbul Airport

1 March 2019 (Last Updated March 1st, 2019 11:21)

Turkish airport operator IGA has unveiled plans to recruit an initial 16,000 employees for the newly opened Istanbul Airport.

Turkish operator IGA to hire 16,000 staff for Istanbul Airport
Turkish operator IGA to recreuit more than 16,000 people for Istanbul Airport. Credit: Milan Suvajac.

Turkish airport operator IGA has unveiled plans to recruit an initial 16,000 employees for the newly opened Istanbul Airport.

The operator plans to hire 2,700 staff for operations, 3,522 security staff and approximately 2,000 people to manage duty-free and retail operations at the airport.

Ground handling firm Havas will hire 1,178 staff, while Çelebi will recruit 2,000 workers. An additional 2,532 people will be hired to work in the cleaning, valet and parking departments.

Nearly 1,300 people will be employed to manage the food court services, while 1,000 will work in other retail areas.

Turkish Airlines will also recruit additional staff to manage the expanded operations at the airport.

IGA CEO Kadri Samsunlu said: “In cooperation with our business partners, we will achieve a number of employees that by far exceeds that of Atatürk Airport.

“In cooperation with our business partners, we will achieve a number of employees that by far exceeds that of Atatürk Airport.”

“Considering the phases that will come into play in the future, the numbers we have achieved at our initial phase display the major employment potential at the airport.

“Obviously, the human resources policies of such a broad system should be managed through effective planning and great care.”

Of the 1,085 staff working in operations with IGA, almost 155 are blue collar, 930 are white collar, 30% are female and 70% are male.

IGA said that it will ensure high levels of diversity and equality among its workforce.

Samsunlu added: “We have a young and dynamic team. Considering the averages, we have set ourselves a goal to further increase the number of female employees in the upcoming period. Our goal is to hire young talents who will shape the world aviation sector.

“To that end, we have already initiated our internship and training programs. In 2018, 79 students interned in various departments of ours, and 18 of these students were able to get a job in those departments upon completion of their internship.”

Istanbul Airport is expected to create 225,000 jobs and contribute an additional household income of $4.4bn by 2025, according to a survey commissioned by IGA in 2016.