Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey, is ready to make aviation history. They will make the great move to the new Istanbul Airport on April 5 at 3 AM. Istanbul’s new airport is currently the greatest airport project in the world.
MOVING TO THE NEW ISTANBUL AIRPORT
The moving operation will take a total of 45 hours and it will finish on April 6 at 11:59 PM. In order to conclude the Great Move successfully according to prior plans, Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Airport will be closed for all scheduled passenger flights between 2 AM and 2 PM on April 6.
MAKING AVIATION HISTORY IN TURKEY
Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı described this enormous operation: “The biggest move in aviation history will take place. The combined size of the equipment we are going to transfer will cover 33 football pitches.”
He added: “After this great move, which will be watched by the entire world, we will wake up to a new morning. It will be a morning with the sun shining on Turkish aviation, with the flights operated at Istanbul Airport. I convey my hopes that it will bring a great fortune to both our country and company.”
GOODBYE TO ATATURK AIRPORT
The farewell flight from Atatürk Airport is determined as well. The last flight carrying passengers from Ataturk Airport will be the Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk Airport – Singapore flight.
After the move, operations will start in Istanbul Airport in Turkey on April 6 at 2 PM. The first flight after the Great Move will be the Istanbul Airport – Ankara Esenboğa Airport flight. The number of flights from Istanbul Airport will be increased in stages according to a set plan.Freight worth of 5 thousand trucking rigs will be moved.
EQUIPMENT FOR MOVING
During the Great Move, equipment weighing approximately 47,300 tons will be carried to Istanbul Airport from Atatürk Airport. Some of the aircraft towing apparatus alone weigh 44 tons. Then there’s extremely sensitive materials such as the 10,000 pieces of equipment that are equal to the freight of 5000 trucking rigs.
The distance covered by the trucking rigs carrying this load over 45 hours is roughly 400,000 kilometers. This is equal to circling the earth 10 times. Over 1800 personnel will be working during this great milestone in aviation history.
THE CHANGING OF AIRPORT CODES FOR ISTANBUL IN TURKEY
Following the first stage, the additional passenger flights of the national flag carrier that operated out Istanbul Airport in Turkey were listed with ISL code. After the completion of this milestone in aviation history, the IATA codes will change. After April 6 at 3 AM, Atatürk Airport’s IST code will be given to Istanbul Airport.
However, Atatürk Airport will still be hosting cargo flights and VIP passenger flights. So they will use ISL code. So the capital of Turkey will have three airports within its vicinity.
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