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10 Facts You Must Know About Istanbul New Airport (Updated)
by Admin on April 4, 2019

Istanbul Is Going to Have A Massive New Airport

The buzz around Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) is increasing, as the official transfer from the old airport to the new one is happening this week.

Expected to become the world’s busiest airport , Istanbul New Airport’s construction will be carried out in four phases. The first phase which was completed in October last year, comprised of three runways and a terminal with a capacity for 90 million passengers. In our aim to keep you updated about all the news and happening in the aviation world, iJET brings you important details and interesting facts about the Istanbul New Airport (LTFM).

  1. When is it going to open?
    Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) opened its first phase at 21:00 (UTC +3) on Monday, October 29th.
    The official transfer from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport will start on 5th April 2019, at 00:00 UTC and end on 6th April 2019, at 21:00 UTC.  Read Everything You Need to Know About the Big Switch from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport to know more details.
  2. Where is it located?
    Constructed over an area of 76.5 million square meters, Istanbul New Airport is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul. This is 35 km away from the city center and in the north of Istanbul.
  3. How big is the airport?
    After the completion of all the four phases, the airport will have six runways and will host flights going to more than 300 destinations. Once completed, the airport is expected to be the world’s busiest airport with an annual passenger capacity of up to 200 million people.
  4. What about the Istanbul Atatürk Airport?
    After 6th April 2019, Istanbul Ataturk Airport (LTBA) will not be open for any scheduled/commercial passenger flights. But the airport will serve commercial business flights, air taxi flights, private flights, GA flights, diplomatic flights, and maintenance flights.
  5. Where will the commercial scheduled flights operate from?
    After 6th April, 21:00 UTC, commercial scheduled flights will operate from Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) instead of Istanbul Ataturk Airport (LTBA).
  6. What about business jets and GA?
    All business jets, GA, and private flights will have the option of operating from both to LTFM and LTBA. But LTFM would be the more suitable airport.
  7. Temporary closure of both the airport
    There might be a temporary closure of both the airports or limited capacity due to transferring of local airline companies. This implies local airline companies will transfer all commercial/scheduled flights, from LTBA to LTFM.
  8. A cultural symbolism in the Air traffic Control Tower
    The Air traffic Control Tower is inspired by a Tulip, which is a symbol of Istanbul and has a cultural reference in Turkish-Islamic history.
  9. The third terminal will open later
    The third terminal is expected to open 16 months after the opening of the airport.
  10. The Reversal of the IATA code
    The current IATA code for Istanbul Atatürk Airport is IST and for Istanbul Airport it is ISL. But from 6th April 2019 00:00 UTC, IATA code for Istanbul Atatürk Airport it will be ISL and Istanbul Airport will be IST.

The massive airport is supposedly constructed on a budget of approximately 36 billion USD. The new airport is going to be valuable for Turkish airlines, as it will have what is projected to be the world’s largest airport as a hub.

If you’re looking for alternatives during the transition period or want help with planning a flight to Turkey, talk to our operations advisor today.

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