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Turkish Airlines’ mammoth move from Istanbul Atatürk Airport begins

Christian Fernsby |
Turkish Airlines embarked on a mammoth logistical operation on April 5, moving from its old base at Atatürk Airport to the newly built Istanbul Airport.

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The airline described the operation as “The Great Move” (Büyük Göç), the biggest logistical operation in aviation history, which is expected to last 45 hours and involve 707 trucks and 800 personnel.

“10,000 pieces of equipment weighing 47,000 tons were tagged piece by piece,” it said on its official Twitter account.

Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi also discussed the move on Twitter.

“#BüyükGöç is being followed step by step. We are able to monitor all transportation processes instantaneously with the software developed by our transportation company Arkas,” he said.

The national flag carrier also announced that due to the relocation, there will be no flights from Atatürk Airport as of 2 a.m. April 6 (2300 GMT).

There will be a period of 12 hours during which there will be no commercial passenger flights from both Atatürk and Istanbul airports until the first flight from the new airport to Ankara on April 6 at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT).

During the relocation between the two airports, major roads in the city will be closed to traffic to ensure a secure operation.

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