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Turkey: Turkish Airlines begins relocation to new Istanbul airport02:23

Turkey: Turkish Airlines begins relocation to new Istanbul airport

Turkey, Istanbul
April 5, 2019 at 08:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of trucks began the mammoth task of transporting 43,000 kilograms (47,000 tons) worth of Turkish Airlines equipment from Ataturk Airport to the newly-built Istanbul Airport on Friday.

Ataturk Airport is facing closure after 80 years in service, prompting Turkish Airlines to move their base of operations to the newly-opened Istanbul Airport. The operation to relocate equipment to the new airport will see over 10,000 pieces of equipment transported and take an estimated 45 hours to complete. Major roads have been closed in an effort to complete the 45-hour task safely.

Istanbul Airport, championed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, is set to become the world's highest passenger capacity airport, projected to be able to welcome 150 million passengers a year in the last stage of its expansion.

Both airports will remain closed for a 12-hour period while the relocation takes place.

Turkey: Turkish Airlines begins relocation to new Istanbul airport02:23
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Hundreds of trucks began the mammoth task of transporting 43,000 kilograms (47,000 tons) worth of Turkish Airlines equipment from Ataturk Airport to the newly-built Istanbul Airport on Friday.

Ataturk Airport is facing closure after 80 years in service, prompting Turkish Airlines to move their base of operations to the newly-opened Istanbul Airport. The operation to relocate equipment to the new airport will see over 10,000 pieces of equipment transported and take an estimated 45 hours to complete. Major roads have been closed in an effort to complete the 45-hour task safely.

Istanbul Airport, championed by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, is set to become the world's highest passenger capacity airport, projected to be able to welcome 150 million passengers a year in the last stage of its expansion.

Both airports will remain closed for a 12-hour period while the relocation takes place.