Istanbul : Turkish nation is celebrating opening of new Istanbul Airport on April 6 with first flight to Ankara. Last year on October 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the new Istanbul Airport with a magnificent ceremony.
Turkish Airlines says that 10,000 pieces of equipment weighing 47,000 tonnes have been moved to complete the shift from Ataturk Airport to the newly built Istanbul Airport.
Turkish Airlines' first flight from its new home, Istanbul Airport, after its final transfer operation, was to the capital, just like the first flight of the flag carrier 86 years ago.
Atatürk Airport was the witness to the flag carrier airline's steady local and global rise since its founding and Turkish Airlines' final passenger flight from this transfer hub was the Singapore flight that took place at 02:00 on April 6.
After this significant final flight that will find itself in the annals of Turkish Airlines, another similarly important flight was the first one from Istanbul Airport following the "Great Move" process. Just like the first flight of the national flag carrier 86 years ago, the first flight from Istanbul Airport was bound for the capital. TC-JSY tail coded plane took off from Istanbul Airport at 14:00 to Ankara Esenboga Airport with its 172 passengers and 8 cabin crews.
Sharing his thoughts about this first flight which followed the final moving operations, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. ilker Ayc stated, "As we enter a new era where we will find great success with Turkish Airlines, we are happy to start with a bit of nostalgia. You may know that, 86 years ago, our first domestic flight was bound for Ankara. Today in our new home, we open the doors for a new adventure and fly to our capital once again for our first flight. In the future, we will leave many 86 years behind us while feeling the pride of flying our flag in every corner of the world with the capabilities offered to us by our new home, this "Monument of Victory."
As a major hub at the intersection of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the airport is expected to bring the world closer together. With an initial capacity to serve 90 million people which will be expanded to 200 million once all phases are completed, Istanbul Airport will be the biggest airport in the world.
Currently, Atlanta Airport is the busiest airport serving the highest number of passengers with 104 million passengers per year. Istanbul Airport also overrides its competitors with its size. The airport is 3.5 times as big as Beijing Airport, which has an area of 23 million square meters.