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Old 20th December 2018, 11:38   #1 (permalink)
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New Istanbul airport opening delayed?

Last night I saw a report on FaceBook that, following a meeting on the 18th, the opening of the new Istanbul airport is to be delayed until March 2019. I had a trawl on Google and found reports confirming this on a few news sites, not major, trustworthy ones, but no official statements from government or Turkish Airlines.

Has anyone else seen further information? I'm travelling through Istanbul, from Dalaman to Hurghada, on January 8th, and would really like to know which airport I'll be transiting! I've been a tad concerned as the new airport was scheduled to open fully on the 31st December, only a week before; am not entirely convinced it will be running smoothly and without problems in such a short time
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Hi Linda, have checked and there are several reports online which I'll link you to. Have a good trip and see you in April.

1. Ahval 15 hrs ago.
New Istanbul airport floods after heavy rains (Ahval.)https://ahvalnews.com/istanbul-new-a...er-heavy-rains

The building site of Istanbul’s massive new airport has been inundated after heavy rains, Turkish secularist news site OdaTV reported on Wednesday.

Images from the site show buses almost fully submerged in water in a lake of rainwater left by the floods.

İGA, the consortium in charge of the new airport’s construction, said in a statement after the flooding that it had only affected the site’s car park.(Image shows buses almost completely drowned.)

2. Also Ahval. https://ahvalnews.com/istanbul-new-a...til-march-2019

Dec 18 2018
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.

3.Turkish Airlines delays move to Istanbul New Airport
Dec 19, 2018 Kurt Hofmann Turkish Airlines delays move to Istanbul New Airport | Airports & Routes content from ATWOnline


Turkish Airlines—originally scheduled to move from its Istanbul Ataturk hub to Istanbul New Airport (INA) by the end of the year—has postponed the change until March 2019, according to local media reports.

INA, which had a “soft opening” Oct. 29, was to have what was dubbed a “big bang” launch Dec. 31 following the relocation of Turkish Airlines operations. However, airline and INA officials decided to postpone the move until March, Turkey’s Demirören Haber Ajansi (DHA) news agency reported Dec. 18.

Airline and INA officials did not respond to a request for comments from ATW.

4. Posted today on https://thepointsguy.com/news/istanb...layed-opening/

In a sudden but not unexpected move, the opening of Istanbul New Airport has been delayed yet again. According to Turkish news agency T24, the airport, which was most recently supposed to open at the end of December 2018, will now open in March 2019.

The decision to postpone the airport opening was made at a meeting on Tuesday with Turkey’s Minter of Transport and Infrastructure. Also present were airport officials. All of whom chose to delay the opening until March — a decision that took about two hours.
Istanbul New Airport is open at this time, though with only a few domestic and regional routes that have been operating since its October 2018 soft launch. On Dec. 30, 2018, the new airport, which is currently operating under the IATA code “ISL,” was supposed to take over all Istanbul operations, and the “IST” code from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

The airport’s soft opening came after just 42 months of construction, however, as of October, there was still plenty of construction ongoing.
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Thanks Kanga, I'd found the same reports as you, but I'd like something more official! There's been no mention of it on the TV news. Just have to watch this space!!
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Re: New Istanbul airport opening delayed?

Still no official announcement, so this morning I sent Turkish Airlines a Facebook message requesting clarification. They answered a couple of hours later - brilliant service! - to say that the opening has definitely been delayed from December 31st to a 'future date'. Interesting that the news hasn't made the major newspapers or TV, maybe it's on hold for a 'big' news day, when it can be 'buried'??
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Still no official announcement, so this morning I sent Turkish Airlines a Facebook message requesting clarification. They answered a couple of hours later - brilliant service! - to say that the opening has definitely been delayed from December 31st to a 'future date'. Interesting that the news hasn't made the major newspapers or TV, maybe it's on hold for a 'big' news day, when it can be 'buried'??
It was in the news[paper] Two days ago.The cumhuriyet.
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