16 new airports and terminals we can’t wait to fly into

CNN  — 

With more people than ever flying, cities around the world are building new airports and upgrading old terminals to create facilities capable of handling tens of millions of passengers.

The results are modern, stylish architectural statements that banish the dark, crowded travel spaces of the past.

Here are 16 of the most exciting airport projects under construction or redevelopment.

Istanbul New Airport

Turkey has great ambitions to become a new meeting point between east and west. Its national carrier, Turkish Airlines, already flies to more countries than any other airline globally, and with the prosaically named Istanbul New Airport opening soon, the country now has a gateway to be proud of.

Replacing the older Atatürk Airport, it is a mega hub that will eventually be capable of handling 150 million passengers per year, perhaps even rivaling Dubai in terms of connecting travelers.

The airport’s official opening is scheduled for October 29, but the latest reports say it won’t be fully operational until the end of 2018.

Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai)