Turkish Airlines is getting set to make its April 5 move to Istanbul Airport.
According to officials, the moving operation will take a total of 45 hours and will be completed on April 6. In order to conclude the “Great Move” successfully, Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Airport will be closed to all scheduled passenger flights between 2 a.m. And 2 p.m. on April 6.
Turkish Airlines’ chairman of the board M. İlker Aycı commented, “The biggest move in aviation history is about to 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. I convey my hopes that it will bring a great fortune to both our country and company.”
The last flight carrying passengers from Ataturk Airport will be Atatürk – Singapore. After move, flight operations will start at Istanbul Airport at 2 p.m. on April 6. The first flight will be Istanbul – Ankara Esenboğa. The number of flights from Istanbul Airport will be increased in stages according to a set plan.
Passenger flights of the national flag carrier using Istanbul Airport are listed as ISL. After the move, IATA codes will change. From April 6 at 3 a.m., Atatürk Airport’s IST code will be given to Istanbul Airport. Atatürk Airport, which will operate cargo and VIP passenger flights, will use the ISL code.