General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) is responsible for the management of Turkish airports and the regulation and control of Turkish airspace.
With its facilities and equipment that provide the infrastructure for the Turkish civil aviation industry, DHMI has provided airport management and air traffic services under different names and status since 1933. With the introduction of Law Decree numbered 233 and the Principle Statute in 1984, DHMI continued its activities as a state-owned enterprise.
As a legal entity that has autonomy over its activities, DHMI is a state-owned enterprise (SOE) that is associated with The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Its liability is limited to its capital. The status of the DHMI has been retained by the latest presidential decree.
The DHMI`s purpose and subject of activities are defined in its principle statute as follows:
Air transport required by civil aviation activities, management of airports, providing ground services at airports and air traffic control services, establishment and operation of air navigation systems and facilities and other related facilities and systems, and to maintain them at the level of modern aviation.
DHMI is committed to perform its undertaken tasks in compliance with the international civil aviation rules and standards. In line with this aim, DHMI is a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was founded according to Civil Aviation Agreement that came into force in order to ensure safety of life and property in international aviation and to maintain regular economic working and progress. Furthermore, DHMI is also a member of relevant international organizations such as the EUROCONTROL and the Airports Council International (ACI).
As part of air navigation and airport management services provided by the DHMI, traffic of airplanes and passengers has significantly increased in recent years. Especially, there has been significant progress in terms of international flights and passenger traffic at the international airports. Today, Istanbul Airport and Antalya Airport are among the leading airports of Europe owing to the growth in international traffic.