Pictures: New Istanbul Airport is fully operational


Istanbul - Transfer from Ataturk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport was completed. After the move, Istanbul Airport was viewed from the air.

The first flight took off from the new Airport of Istanbul at 2.00 p.m. local.

The move from Ataturk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport began on April 5.00 a.m. and it was completed on April 7, in 45 hours as it was previously planned.

"Massive move to the new Istanbul Airport"

In addition to ferry flights, more than 47,300 tons of ground equipment were transported to the new airport by 1800 staff.

There had been a 12hours flight suspension between the final flight from Ataturk and the first from Istanbul Airport.

The last passenger flight took off from Ataturk at 2.00 a.m. on Saturday morning for Singapore.

There were emotional moments at Ataturk Airport during the move

Istanbul will be the largest airport in the world when its last expansion stage completed. With around 150 million annual passenger capacity, it will leave the busiest airports behind, such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (104 million) and Dubai (98.5 million).