Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) will make the first passenger flight from İstanbul New Airport on October 31. “THY will carry out its first flight to the capital city Ankara, where the Turkish Republic was founded, at 2:00 p.m.,” said Chairman İlker Ayci. The first overseas flights will be made to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.
Two days before, on October 29, the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, the biggest airport in the world built from scratch is due to open with a spectacular ceremony. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and many state members will attend the ceremony.
THY alone will deploy 800 trucks to transfer all the airline’s equipment and facilities from Atatürk Airport to İstanbul New Airport. Coordinated by the General Directorate of State Airports Authority, it will take approximately 45 hours.
One month before the grand opening, on September 28, the second phase training for employees of airlines, ground services, and other relevant companies will take place. As part of the ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer) process, 28,200 people will receive field training that covers familiarization with the airside, terminal, and luggage services, including ramp licenses. If classroom-based training is included, nearly 53,000 people will have been trained.
As of midnight on October 31, Atatürk Airport will be closed for passenger transport and İstanbul New Airport will take over.