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BA's move from Ataturk to the new Istanbul airport

BA's move from Ataturk to the new Istanbul airport

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Old Apr 20, 19, 12:28 pm
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Originally Posted by binman View Post

i flew CAI IST this week on TK on 319Neo (2 hours) then on Friday IST. LHR on BA. The difference between these two business class flights was stark and something akin to comparing the Orient Express to a London commuter belt train.
A319neo? Hearing it for the first time.

Also, yes, the walk in fee for the IGA Lounge is €59 per person.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer View Post
A319neo? Hearing it for the first time.

Also, yes, the walk in fee for the IGA Lounge is €59 per person.
apologies 321 Neo posting edited. Still fabulous.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 5:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
Havalimani is the Turkish word for airport, not the name of this particular facility.
With the second half being borrowed from Greek.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingScientist View Post
With the second half being borrowed from Greek.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 10:09 pm
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Just a reminder to all British Airways passengers from Istanbul Airport that British Airways uses Check-in Island C alongside with Lufthansa and Etihad which is actually in the check-in area of AtlasGlobal located in the Domestic Area. To access check-in island C easily from the departures level, it's easier to use Door 1 instead of Door 6 and 7 suggested for non-TK international passengers ( which is actually at the other end of the check-in hall ).

The story is that first these international airlines were allocated to check-in Island M near the passport control area but AtlasGlobal wanted to move their international check-in over there as it is much more convenient to passengers and this meant that the airlines which were planned to use check-in islands M01-22 to be moved to check-in islands C23-44 where originally AtlasGlobal international check-in area would be situated.

A guide for BA passengers at IST: Journey from the entrance to the lounge
Remark: As some FT members reported, BA is currently not offering fast-track service at Istanbul Airport. The fast-track service below is the IGA Fast-Track service that is the only fast track service in the airport that is contractable.


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Old Apr 20, 19, 10:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
Gate D7 isn't too bad - i was fearing BA aircraft would end up parking at one of Havalimani's outer limbs.
In the first plan all foreign carriers included BA would been shot to A, B and F concourses to the farthest gates, as C, D and E gates would only be reserved for TK aircraft. However, they weren't able to manage that, so it ended up being foreign carriers and other Turkish carriers ( KK & 8Q ) getting better gates than TK. However, this looks like a temporary situation but probably won't be solved for a long period of time. Let's also remember that %80 in all BA flights Atatürk Airport, the gate was 504 for both services which was one of the farthest bus gates from the Millennium Lounge and the duty free area. However, let me give you the bad news that anytime BA could be back in its bus gate situation similar to Atatürk Airport for the nightstopper flight. The nightstopper LOT, which rests at IST for the same time period as BA, doesn't get a jetbridge every day even at the new airport.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 5:12 am
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The key stats


1.2 miles from drop off at door 1 to the gate at B7B (as per my Apple Watch)

Then a 26 minute taxi to 34R


Observations

50 mins/YTL165 in a yellow cab from Karaköy, mid afternoon on a Monday day

Many thanks to ISTFlyer for the location of the BA check in desks. They are just to the left after the initial security check, right under a large sign that says Domestic departures

Three security checks - initial before checking, central security then the at gate swabbing of luggage and pat down. A couple of oddities - asked to switch devices on at central security, and asked if we had anything damaged at the gate

IGA lounge is big and pretty nice. A reasonable food selection including some hot options and a decent selection of salads and cakes. Weirdly no glasses for soft drinks (that I could find anyway) or ice. Getting into the lounge took time as the invite has to be set up on your BP before you can scan at the gate

Terminal is HUGE. But they have done a good job of filling with light and there is plenty of space. Much brighter feeling than DOH

Gate numbering is a bit unusual with a A and B for many - designed to allow 2 narrowbody planes to use a wide body gate it appears

Quite a bit of retail not open including many of the luxury brands and the very large LC Waikiki


It’s certainly a less stressful experience than Atatürk had become, thanks mostly to the huge amounts of space and light. However that space comes at a cost of walking and taxi times. I dread to think the distance to the far end of one of the piers
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Old Apr 28, 19, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by LTN Phobia View Post
So, going back to topic, has anyone been to the lounge that BA use at new Istanbul airport yet?
An article about the lounge that BA is using at Istanbul Airport.

Another FT member has shared in the Istanbul Airport Master Thread in the Europe forum.

Originally Posted by Cheetah_SA View Post

For those interested in the non-TK lounge, the UK based points and miles site, Head for Points has just published a comprehensive review of the IGA lounge.
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Originally Posted by binman View Post
i flew CAI IST this week on TK on 321 Neo (2 hours) then on Friday IST. LHR on BA. The difference between these two business class flights was stark and something akin to comparing the Orient Express to a London commuter belt train.
Are you the author of this article? Just kidding
The author had flown the same route with you. CAI-IST on TK A321neo and IST-LHR on BA Club Europe.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 7:58 pm
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Are there shops to buy take away food and drink for the flight?
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Old Apr 28, 19, 10:16 pm
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Originally Posted by ajbrowc View Post
Are there shops to buy take away food and drink for the flight?
Yes, but they are more likely cafés that you can dine in as well; not like M&S Food or Pret. However, there is no airport market similar to Hudson's or WH Smith at Istanbul Airport.
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Old Apr 29, 19, 2:49 am
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Partially because other than BA, almost every other airline flying int'l out of IST provides some sort of free food and refreshment for their passengers. This includes Iranian and former Soviet state airlines that you may have never heard of.................Yes I am saying that BA's food and beverage in Y out of IST is a worse offering than Air Mahan, SCAT, etc.
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Old May 1, 19, 12:29 am
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The morning flight is as if yesterday now operated from A BUS GATE!
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Old May 1, 19, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by hfly View Post
The morning flight is as if yesterday now operated from A BUS GATE!
I was going to write the same thing. BA has turned back to its old bus gate ritual for the morning BA 675 service.
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Old May 1, 19, 1:42 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer View Post
I was going to write the same thing. BA has turned back to its old bus gate ritual for the morning BA 675 service.
Do you know where the bus gate is?
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Old May 1, 19, 1:49 am
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Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
Do you know where the bus gate is?
To reach the bus gates A1 ( which BA uses [ at least for the moment ] ), go straight after going down from the duty free area to concourse A&B. Next to the pop-up duty free store, there is an escalator going down just there to the bus gates.

By the way, the format of bus gates are similar to Heathrow T5 A10. Gate A1 in IST has different boarding areas ( A1a to A1k ).


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