Move to Istanbul’s new airport delayed until March 2019

The move from Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport to the newly-built Istanbul New Airport, originally scheduled for the end of this month, has been delayed until March 2019, pro-government Turkish DHA news agency reported.

The move to carry all operations to the İstanbul New Airport, which was set to take place on Dec. 31, 2018, was postponed following a 2.5 hour meeting between government and Turkish Airlines (THY) officials, as well as representatives from İstanbul Grand AirPort (İGA),the company building and operating Istanbul New Airport,DHA said.

No official statement was released following the meeting.

The İstanbul New Airport was opened in a grand inauguration ceremony held in October, attended by government officials and foreign state leaders including the presidents of Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Serbia, and Sudan.

With a total of 114 gates, almost triple the 41 offered at İstanbul’s current main Ataturk airport, the new airport will offer an additional 257 remote parking units, in addition to up to 29 remote bus gates and is touted as one of the largest airport the world.

The new airport is able to handle up to 90 million passengers a year and its capacity will rise to 150 million a year by 2028 after all the construction is completed.