The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Hasan Kalyoncu University (HKU) announced a new partnership agreement to train more than 10,000 airport employees of the New Istanbul Airport.
Scheduled to open in 2018, Istanbul New Airport is forecast to be one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of up to 200 million passengers once it reaches full operational capability. Turkish Civil Aviation regulations stipulate that all employees of the airport must complete specific training before the airport is granted its operating certificate. This means around 10,000 employees must be trained in 2017 and 2018. As further phases of the airport are opened up to 2023, the total number of employees requiring training could be as high as 100,000.
"We are honored to be able to work with HKU on preparing Istanbul's new airport for success. This will be the largest training project that IATA has ever undertaken. And we are determined to exceed Istanbul New Airport's expectations for its capable and industrious employees. Turkey's vision and commitment to world-class air transport is clear to see and we hope this agreement marks just the start of a long and fruitful partnership," said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA's European Regional Vice President.
The HKU Rector Professor Dr. Tamer Yilmaz said: "Since the day it was founded, Hasan Kalyoncu University has constantly expanded its vision with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. The most important task of a university is to offer education. However, it is also among the duties of a university to provide services that collectively benefit society. It is our honor to partner with IATA to carry out this training project aimed at raising qualified personnel for Istanbul's 3rd Airport, one of the world's largest airports. I hope that this protocol between Hasan Kalyoncu University and IATA will be beneficial and productive. "
HKU opened in 2009-2010 as the first foundation university of the region. It was founded with the aim of investing in training to create the high quality human capital that is needed in a globally competitive world. With an education, research and innovation-focused approach, it continues to increase its nationwide success with the training given to its 6628 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the training agreements it has made since its inception. Hasan Kalyoncu University Continuous Education Center (HKUSEM) was established with the mission statement of "Educatıon Is Wıth You Throughout Your Lıfe" in 2011-2012. It aims to provide education to students taking new steps in business life, personal and professional development, foreign languages, culture and the arts.
IATA represents some 265 airlines comprising 83% of the world's scheduled air travel. The association represents, leads and serves the airline industry, setting standards which assist air transport to interoperate globally. IATA develops products and services, oversees a safety audit registry, advises on security and infrastructure issues, and provides financial clearing for the industry. The association also advocates on behalf of its members to help governments create the right fiscal and regulatory conditions for a thriving global air transport network.
IATA Training is the world's largest aviation training organization, offering more than 350 courses across 90 countries. In 2016, over 100,000 students were trained using a mixture of digital and in-classroom teaching. IATA has pioneered the use of innovative methods, including distance learning and virtual reality technology to ensure its courses remain accessible and up-to-date. IATA's training partners around the globe include leading universities and some of the industry's most respected aviation organizations, such as ICAO, ACI, and Eurocontrol. IATA will use its world-leading experts in the fields of safety, security, quality and dangerous goods to directly train the employees of the airport, as well as support HKU to complete the training project under the standards of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, and international benchmarks.
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