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Everything You Need to Know About the Big Switch from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport
by Admin on April 3, 2019

Official Transition from Istanbul Old Airport to New One Taking Place This Week

The speculations about the transfer of flight operations from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport has been going on since last year. The opening of the airport got delayed three times but it is finally fully opening this week. iJET had already told you about the 10 Facts You Must Know About Istanbul New Airport. But today we talk about the big move- the transfer from the old airport to the new one. Read along to know all the details of the transfer.

When is it happening?

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. The transfer period will be of 45 hours.

Will you be able to fly to any of the two airports during the transition period?

During the transition, both Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport will only be available for base carriers’ flights. The airports will have a common reduced capacity per hour, as explained below.

  • 35 arrivals per hour
  • 35 departures per hour
  • Total 70 per hour for both arrival and departure

Can you use Istanbul Atatürk Airport after 6th April?

From 6th April, 21:00 UTC, Istanbul Atatürk Airport will be closed to scheduled/unscheduled domestic and international commercial passenger flights. But it will be available for

  • Cargo
  • Maintenance/technical
  • General aviation
  • Air taxi
  • Business flights
  • State aircraft and other flights permitted by Authority

Slot Allocation Purposes for Istanbul Atatürk Airport

After 6th April, 21:00 UTC, capacity per hour for Istanbul Atatürk Airport will be 5 Arrival and 5 Departure, total 10 traffic. This will help to avoid potential problems with the flow of air traffic and to provide safe and efficient ATC services for Istanbul Airport.

Slot Allocation Purposes to be used for Istanbul Airport

After the transition, capacity per hour for Istanbul Airport will be 40 arrivals, 40 departures, total 80 traffic.

But between 6th April 21:00 UTC and 20th April 2019 21:00 UTC, reduced capacity per hour for Istanbul Airport will be applied as 35 Arrival, 35 Departure total 70 traffic.

The IATA code for the two airports

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 the airports will be reversed. For Istanbul Atatürk Airport it will be ISL and for Istanbul Airport it will be IST.

If you have any confusion about the slots, flight permits, ground handling, in either of the two airports or want help with international trip-planning, talk to our operations advisor today.

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