With the Help of 686 Trucks, Turkish Airlines Moves to New Istanbul Airport

By Paul Riegler on 7 April 2019
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DSC_0130Turkish Airways completed the move of its entire operation from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport over the weekend. The move required 686 semi-trailer trucks and hundreds of other vehicles.

The airline said on Twitter that the move was the largest in aviation history. It included the relocation of 10,000 pieces of equipment that carried a weight of 47,000 tons, and was the equivalent of “materials that could cover 33 football pitches.”

The airline’s fleet of 337 aircraft flew from the old airport to the new while the move took place.

The move apparently was accomplished quicker than expected.

“We successfully completed the Great Move in a much shorter time than planned,” the airline said on Twitter at 12:30 p.m. local time.

Atatürk Airport opened in1953 and was the first international airport in Turkey. It was named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. The new airport opened in October 2018.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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