THY to move to Istanbul Airport on April 6

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw March 15, 2019 16:43

THY to move to Istanbul Airport on April 6

All scheduled Turkish Airlines (THY) flights at Ataturk Airport will end on April 6, 2019 at 02:00, and any previously planned flights will continue from 14:00 onwards from Istanbul Airport on the same day.

The moving operation will take 45 hours in total and it will be concluded on April 6 Saturday night at 23:59. In order to conclude what THY dubs, 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 said: “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 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.

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.

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw March 15, 2019 16:43