Atatürk International Airport, Turkey’s main airport and entrance gate for foreigners who want to visit or start investment in Turkey is officially closed on April 6th 2019 after moving its entire operations to the new majestic Istanbul Airport.
Atatürk International Airport first opened in 1912 in Yeşilköy in the Bakirköy district as a military airfield and was named Yeşilköy Airport. It grew constantly with the global development of Turkish airlines and served Istanbul for 86 years. In 1980 it was renamed Istanbul Atatürk International Airport in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk the founding father of the Turkish Republic. Then, became one of the main international hubs in the world.
Atatürk Airport has hosted 1,300 airplanes and served 68 million passengers annually. however, it is not able to handle the constantly increasing aviation traffic any longer, which is why the new airport was built.
Atatürk Airport will finally be converted into a public park.
The “Great Move”
It took 686 semitrailer trucks, hundreds of other vehicles and 1,800 people to transport more than 10,000 pieces of equipment weighing 47,300 tons in 45 hours!
During the move between the two airports, major roads in Istanbul were closed a few hours to ensure constant operation.
Istanbul’s New Airport
Last Updated: 5/1/2019 2:10:11 PM
The first phase of Istanbul’s new airport opened on October 29, 2018, on the 95th anniversary of the founding day of the Turkish Republic, While the project will be completed in four phases. It can currently serve 90 million passengers a year. Once completed in 2027, it will be able to accommodate up to 200 million travelers per year.
Within five years Istanbul Airport will be ranked as the second in the global list of airports serving the most passengers. Once all its phases are completed, the airport will become a global flight hub and will be ranked as the first runner. It will host flights passing to 350 destinations worldwide including countries in Africa.
The new airport’s terminal was made to reveal the style of Istanbul’s domed mosques and baths, while the air traffic control tower’s shape is inspired by a tulip, one of the traditional symbols of Istanbul.