Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Timelapse of final flights at Istanbul's Ataturk airport

Timelapse of final flights at Istanbul's Ataturk airport

The big move to Istanbul Airport continues.

Singapore flight, operated with TC-JJY tail coded aircraft with 319 passengers and 18 cabin crew, has already become a memorable milestone in the history of Turkish Airlines. Istanbul Airport, the "world's new hub", officially opened on October 29, 2018, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.

Turkey's main worldwide airport in Istanbul is closing and moving to a new base in a massive logistical operation.

The airline described the operation as "The Great Move" (Buyuk Goc), which is expected to last 45 hours and involve 707 trucks and 800 personnel.

Just like the first flight of the carrier 86 years ago, the final destination and this is the Turkish capital.

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Trucks carry equipment from Ataturk Airport to New Istanbul Airport.

Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi also discussed the move on Twitter. The transfer from Ataturk Airport started on Friday and was completed in less than 40 hours. "We are able to monitor all transportation processes instantaneously with the software developed by our transportation company Arkas", he said.

While Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport, scheduled to open in 2030, will take 130 million passengers, Istanbul aims to transit some 200 million passengers by 2028. Following that, the flights from Istanbul Airport will be increased in stages according to a set plan, it added.

Both hubs are now closed to general air traffic.

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