THY’s first flights from Is­tan­bul’s new air­port to be­gin on Oct 29

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

TURK­ISH Air­lines’ (THY) first flights to de­part from Is­tan­bul New Air­port, which is sched­uled to open on Oct. 29, were an­nounced.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment re­leased by the Turk­ish Air­lines Press Of­fice, pas­sen­ger flight num­ber TK2124 will de­part from Is­tan­bul New Air­port (ISL) and land at Ankara Esen­boğa Air­port (ESB) on Oct. 31. The flight to de­part at 11:10 a.m. is ex­pected to take ap­prox­i­mately 45 min­utes.

Fol­low­ing the first flight on Oct. 31, daily flights have been sched­uled from Is­tan­bul New Air­port un­til Dec. 30 to Baku Hay­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Azer­bai­jan and Er­can In­ter­na­tional Air­port in North­ern Cyprus for in­ter­na­tional flights and Ankara, An­talya and Izmir air­ports for do­mes­tic flights. The flights from Is­tan­bul New Air­port will also pro­vide pas­sen­gers with tran­sit within the new air­port.

Flights sched­uled with Boe­ing 737-800type air­planes will be car­ried out seven times per week. New plans will be made to trans­fer the en­tire op­er­a­tion from Atatürk Air­port to the new air­port af­ter the mas­sive re­lo­ca­tion on Dec. 31.

Mean­while, Turkey’s na­tional flag car­rier car­ried more than 57 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights in the first nine months of 2018, the com­pany an­nounced Wed­nes­day. The to­tal num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried by the air­line rose 12 per­cent year-on-year in the nine-month pe­riod, the air­line said in a state­ment.

THY noted that the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers - ex­clud­ing tran­sit pas­sen­gers - climbed 13 per­cent in the first nine months of 2018. In the same pe­riod, the air­line’s seat oc­cu­pancy rate - pas­sen­ger load fac­tor - in­creased by 3 per­cent­age points to 82 per­cent. Cargo and mail car­ried dur­ing the nine months surged by 25 per­cent and reached 1 mil­lion tons.

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