New Istanbul Airport hosts maiden flight with Turkish Airlines

The first flight from the new Istanbul Airport by Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines departed for the capital Ankara on...

The first flight from the new Istanbul Airport by Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines departed for the capital Ankara on Oct. 31. The second flight from the new airport was also scheduled for Oct. 31 from Istanbul to Ercan Airport in northern Cyprus. Turkish Airlines will fly from the new Istanbul Airport to Antalya, İzmir and Baku, beside Ankara and Ercan, as part of the first stage of migration from Atatürk Airport.

The opening ceremony of the first phase of one of the largest airports in the world took place on Oct. 29. The new facility has been named as the Istanbul Airport, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said after making the first landing and buying the first ticket, adding that the Atatürk Airport will remain. The older airport, which is closer to the city center, will be downsized with some parts of it becoming Turkey's largest fairground and a national park. More than 50 foreign dignitaries from at least 18 countries attended the inauguration of the Istanbul Airport. The ceremony kicked off at 4:30 p.m. local time (1330GMT) on the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

Over 50 foreign dignitaries from at least 18 countries including the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Serbia, Sudan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Slovenia, Georgia, Iran, Moldova's Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia and the U.K. attended the ceremony.

 

Last Updated: 17.4.2019 23:05:48

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