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Turkish Airlines – the ‘great move’ begins

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Turkish Airlines is ready for the great change in Turkish aviation history. The great move to Istanbul Airport will begin on April 5. As the greatest airport project of the world, the first stage of the move towards Istanbul Airport was back on October 29th, 2018.

Unique in the global aviation history, the moving operation will take 45 hours in total and it will be concluded on April 6 at 23:59. 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 02:00 and 14:00 of April 6.

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı stated the following about this enormous operation; “The biggest move of the aviation history will take place. The combined size of the equipment we are going to transfer would cover 33 football pitches. 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, which 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.”

The farewell flight from Atatürk Airport is determined as well

Hosting the rise of Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the global aviation field, the last flight carrying passengers from Ataturk Airport will be the Atatürk Airport – Singapore flight. After the move, operations will start in Istanbul Airport on April 6 at 14:00. 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.

Airport Codes Are Changing

Following the first stage, the additional passenger flights of the national flag carrier operated via Istanbul Airport were listed with ISL code. After the great move, IATA codes will change and after April 6 at 03:00, Atatürk Airport’s IST code will be given to Istanbul Airport. Atatürk Airport, which will be hosting cargo and VIP passenger flights, will use ISL code.

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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