“We are going to have a soft opening on the 29th” of October, Kadri Samsunlu, director general of the Istanbul Grand Airport (IGA), told reporters. That meant “only limited number of flights will be carried out from here by Turkish Airlines until the year end,” he said.
“At the end of December, there will be the hard opening or the ‘big bang opening’ which means that the entire business at the Ataturk airport will be transferred here,” he added.
Turkish Airlines on 31OCT18 is launching operations at Istanbul New Airport, under the airport code ISL. Initially, the Star Alliance carrier will operate following 5 routes from Istanbul New Airport until 29DEC18.
Istanbul New Airport – Ankara 31OCT18 – 29DEC18 1 daily 737-800 (777-300ER operates on 31OCT18) Istanbul New Airport – Antalya 01NOV18 – 29DEC18 1 daily 737-800 Istanbul New Airport – Baku 08NOV18 – 29DEC18 1 daily 737-800 Istanbul New Airport – Ercan 31OCT18 – 28DEC18 1 daily 737-800 Istanbul New Airport – Izmir 01NOV18 – 28DEC18 1 daily 737-800
On 31DEC18, all Turkish Airlines’ service to/from Istanbul Ataturk Airport will move to Istanbul New Airport, based on airline's statement.