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Mon, 23 April 2018

Yotel Signs 451-Room Airport Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

Yotel, a London-based hotel group, has signed an exclusive hotel management contract with IGA, the constructer and operator of Istanbul New Airport (INA).

 The hotel, which will be one of the biggest airport hotels in the world, with both airside and landside access, will feature 451 rooms.

Located inside the main terminal building, the Yotel will be easily accessible to both business and leisure travellers, as well as airline crew and other businesses within the airport and local environment.

Clever use of space and technology inside a Premium Queen room at the Yotel Singapore. Click to enlarge.

The new Yotel will have two zones – one airside (102 rooms) and one landside (349 rooms). Both parts of the new hotel will feature public spaces including Yotel’s signature Club Lounge concept with smart vending, co- working and relaxing areas, wellness centres and planted glazed atriums. In addition, the landside zone will include a restaurant, bar and 24/7 gym. The new hotel will also feature flexible meeting spaces with seamless technology, ideal for small or large, formal and casual meetings, conveniently located for airport businesses and passengers alike.

Istanbul New Airport hotel will be Yotel’s largest airport hotel. The company currently operates four airport hotels under the YotelAIR brand in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports.

Commenting on the brand’s first investment in Turkey, Hubert Viriot, Yotel’s CEO, said, “We’ve witnessed Turkey’s, and particularly Istanbul’s remarkable economic and urban development, transformation and its noticeably increased popularity over the past few years. Istanbul New Airport will only further increase Istanbul’s ever-expanding popularity and economy and Yotel is delighted to be a part of it. The prevailing ambitious vision to make Istanbul New Airport the largest transit hub in the world made it very attractive for us to be there, and we are extremely honoured to be chosen for this exciting project. This city aspires to high growth success, just like Yotel, so we are a perfect match.”

Among the top three airports with Heathrow and Frankfurt, Istanbul has been ranked third in terms of total departing passenger numbers in Q1 2018.

“We are delighted to have chosen Yotel as our new airport’s exclusive air and landside hotel operator,” said Kadri Samsunlu, CEO of İGA Airport Operation. “We are making history with Istanbul New Airport. Already in its construction phase, the multiple-world record breaking project that is likely to change the transportation and aviation dynamics of a tri-continent region covering Europe, Asia and Africa, and certain to have a lasting impact far beyond this geography. Yotel will contribute to our perfect passenger experience approach with unique innovative, elemental luxury and technologically decked space. As the inauguration of the new airport is scheduled for 29 October this year, a lot of local and international companies compete to secure a presence in the airport. We are building an airport in which all passengers will experience many unique never seen before innovations and we look forward to hosting the world!”

Being the 17th largest economy in the world, Turkey has been heavily investing in large scale infrastructure projects. INA is the country’s biggest infrastructure project in history and represents the peak point of the giant bounce taken towards placing Turkey among the world’s top 10 economies.

 INA, the world’s largest greenfield airport project, will replace Ataturk Airport when it opens in October 2018. The capacity of INA will be expanded up to 200 million people once all four phases are completed and will have a total of six runways and three terminals. INA will connect over 350 destinations from Istanbul and host nearly 100 airlines.

With its 100,000m2 retail area, INA will offer a wide variety of shopping and dining options. It will also provide smart technologies for enhancing passenger experience and reduce stress levels with biometric screening and advanced passport control process.

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