The final transportation operation of Turkish Airlines began on April 5 as it moves to Istanbul Airport, one of the greatest projects in Turkey’s history and the national flag carrier’ new home as well. Turkish Airlines has started its great move to Istanbul Airport, the biggest airport project of the world. This is following the first opening stage in October 2018.
Unique in the global aviation history, the moving operation will take 45 hours in total and it will be concluded on April 6. Istanbul Airport and Atatürk Airport were closed for all passenger flights during a 12-hour time period between the final passenger flight of Turkish Airlines departing from Atatürk Airport to Singapore on April 6 and the flight from Istanbul Airport to Ankara Esenboa Airport on the same day. Following that, the Turkish Airlines flights from stanbul Airport will be increased in stages according to a set plan.
Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. lker Aycı stated the following about this enormous operation; “We are conducting the biggest transportation operation in the aviation history. So much so that during the move from Atatürk Airport which was the host of Turkish Airlines during its great rise in the global aviation to Istanbul Airport, our new home, the combined size of the equipment we are starting to transfer would cover the 33 football pitches. We will continue to welcome our guests from all over the world with the unique service concept of Turkish Airlines with much wider opportunities provided by our new home after this great operation, which closely followed not only in our country and region, but also on a global scale.”
During the Great Move, equipment weighing approximately 47,300 tons will be carried to Istanbul Airport from Atatürk Airport. From aircraft towing apparatus weighing 44 tons to extremely sensitive materials, over 10,000 pieces of equipment are equal to freight of 5,000 trucking rigs. The distance covered by the rigs carrying this load during 45 hours is calculated to be at 400 thousand kilometers. This is equal to circling the Earth 10 times. Over 1800 personnel were working during this great operation.
Following the first opening stage, the additional passenger flights of Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Airport were listed with ISL code. After the great move, IATA codes will change and after April 6, Atatürk Airport’s IST code will be given to Istanbul Airport. As for the Atatürk Airport which will be hosting cargo and VIP passenger flights, it will use ISL code.