Biggest Airport Transfer in History: ORAT Training Exercises Have Begun
For an airport to be ready on an operational level, all systems must be tested and capable of working together. The process of transforming the Istanbul New Airport construction into a fully operational airport is called ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer) – and this is a very special one. “With the closing of Atatürk Airport, an airport that hosts 70 million passengers per year is being transferred to another airport about 45 kilometers away – a global first,” says Mehmet Büyükkaytan, assistant general manager of operations at İGA Airport Operation. “This is going to be a unique operation. We are carrying out ORAT as meticulously as possible under the leadership of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey.”
The training process as part of ORAT has started as planned. During the first phase, executives from the Ground Handling Service organizations HAVAŞ and ÇELEBİ are being trained, to be followed by the TGS Ground Handling Service staff. The classroom training courses led by 12 experts employed by İGA Airport Operation will continue until June. It will be concluded with field training.
The training courses held at Atatürk Airport cover the personnel who are currently working there up until October 29, 2018, when they will start working at Istanbul New Airport.