TAV’s history dates back to 1997, with the official call for tenders for the Istanbul Atatürk Airport International Terminal Building. TAV was established as a joint venture between Tepe and Akfen groups who won the tender. Put into operation in 2000, Istanbul Atatürk Airport is amongst the very first examples of “Build-Operate-Transfer” projects in the world. This project, reflecting the contemporary image of Turkey, has also come to be the first concrete step of TAV’s success story.
TAV has become a global brand in airport construction projects as well as airport operations; a brand new area, thanks to its know-how, highly skilled human resources and advanced technology in a very short time. Having gone through a restructuring process in 2006 in line with its goals, the company re-organized its “operation” and “construction” activities under TAV Airports Holding and TAV Construction. Following this reorganization, TAV Airports was presented for initial public offering in February 2007. In May 2012, Groupe ADP became the majority shareholder of TAV Airports.
TAV Airports, one of the world’s leading airport operators, operates Antalya, Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Milas Bodrum and Gazipaşa Alanya airports in Turkey. Tbilisi and Batumi airports in Georgia, Monastir and Enfidha-Hammamet airports in Tunisia, Skopje and Ohrid airports in Macedonia, Madinah Airport in Saudi Arabia and Zagreb Airport in Croatia are also operated by TAV Airports. TAV Airports is also active in other areas of airport operations including duty free, food and beverage, ground handling, IT, security and operation services. Within the same context, TAV Airports also operates duty free, food and beverage and other commercial areas at Riga Airport in Latvia. Together with its subsidiaries, the company provided services to one million flights and 152 million passengers in 2018.