Turkish Airlines has completed the biggest move in the Aviation History., from its hub at Atatürk international airport to Istanbul’s new airport on Saturday.
The flag carrier of Turkey had a window of 45 hours to move 10,000 pieces of equipment weighing 47,000 tonnes a distance of 30 kilometres.
The move commenced on April 5 at 03:00 AM local time and concluded on April 6 at 23:59 AM local time.
The first Turkish Airlines flight following the move took off on time for Ankara, the nation’s capital, at 2pm on Saturday, while its first international arrivals landed a few hours later.
The $11bn new Istanbul Airport was designed to be the busiest airport in the world with a traffic of 150 million passengers annually, and once construction completed in 2025, it is expected to handle 200 million passengers annually.
Once fully completed the airport will have 6 runways, 16 taxiways, 165 aircraft jet bridges, 4 terminal buildings with interconnecting rail access, 3 technical blocks, 1 air traffic control tower, and 8 ramp control towers. an apron with 500 aircraft parking capacity, VIP lounges, cargo and general aviation terminals.