Turkish Airlines embarks on new journey from Istanbul New Airport

Turkish Airlines has launched a new era in Turkish Aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The airport will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establishes Istanbul as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. Upon final completion, the airport will welcome 200 million passengers a year.

The opening of the new aviation hub, combined with the dynamism and energy of Turkish Airlines, will usher in a new era for the carrier. Turkish Airlines is presently operating a limited number of domestic and international routes from the new airport. On 31st December, all operations will move from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport.

At the opening ceremony, M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines commented: “Turkish Airlines starts an exciting new chapter today as we move to our new home at Istanbul Airport. The new hub of our national flag-carrier plays an important role in Turkish Airlines’ future growth strategy and will offer a seamless experience for all our passengers.”

Turkish Airlines will soon be able to increase its network extension capacity and opportunities for new routes and timings, allowing growth in both passenger and cargo transportation.

The megaproject is being developed in four phases with the final phase set to be complete in 2028. In all, the complex will occupy an area of 76.5 km², with six runways, four terminals and 233 aircraft parking positions.

It will have the capacity to serve up to 200 million passengers a year with 500+ check in desks and 225,000 employees. Upon completion of the final phase, the largest international flight hub will incorporate offices, residences, hotels, a health centre, culture and art buildings, a shopping mall, designer outlets, an EXPO convention centre, and meeting and training facilities.

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