Turkey announces program to move Istanbul Atatürk Airport to New Istanbul Airport

Turkey announces program to move Istanbul Atatürk Airport to New Istanbul Airport
Posted on: 17 Jan 2019

The operational program of gradual transition from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul Airport has been announced. The process of moving to Istanbul Airport will start at 03:00 on 1st March 2019 and will finish on March 3rd , 2019. Ataturk Airport will be closed to scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international commercial passenger transportation at 00:00 on March 3rd , 2019.

The transportation process from Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport will take 45 hours and will proceed as follows; the moving process will begin at 03:00 (UTC Coordinated Universal Time) on March 1st, 2019 and will end at 00:00 on March 3rd , 2019. During the 45-hour period Istanbul Atatürk Airport LTBA and Istanbul Airport (LTFM) will be open only to carriers with base at Ataturk Airport. During the 45-hour period, both airports will be operated with an hourly reduced capacity. The two airports will run with a total hourly capacity of 70 hours, 35 landings and 35 flights per hour.

As of March 3rd, 2019 (00:00) Atatürk Airport will be closed for scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international commercial passenger transportation. From this date on, Istanbul Ataturk Airport will be used for cargo, maintenance/repair, general aviation, air taxi services, business flights, flights of state planes and the traffic that the authority deems appropriate.

Between  March 3rd  2019 (00:00) and March 17th  2019 (00:00), Istanbul Airport reduced hourly capacity value will be 35 landings, 35 take-offs, 70 in total.

From March 1st , 2019 (03:00) onwards Ataturk Airport (AHL) will be open to flights of Onur Airlines, THY, and Atlas Global with base at AHL for a period of 16 hours during the move. After this period, only THY voyages will be carried out for 7 hours. Then it will be closed to all voyages for 22 hours.

Istanbul Airport will be closed to all voyages from 1st  March (03:00) for 35 hours. After this time, the airport will be open to THY passenger flights for 5 hours. In the next 45 hours, it will only be open to all voyages of the carriers with base at AHL (THY, Onur Airlines, Atlas Global

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