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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 Jan 17, 19, 5:30 pm
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I'll believe it when I see it. Highly unlikely.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 12:40 pm
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This on BA
https://www.britishairways.com/trave...b?p_faqid=7184

due to fly 13th April. Odds on it will still be Ataturk?
what is the wisdom?
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Old Feb 20, 19, 2:52 pm
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I would say with 90% certainty that you will be using Ataturk.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 5:07 pm
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Per other blogs, seems like ~April 5th is the new pencilled in date...
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Old Feb 20, 19, 5:14 pm
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First October 2017, then March 2017, then October 29th, 2018, then January 2, 2019, then March 2, 2019, now maybe saying April 5th, but maybe the end of April. When it looked like they were going to miss the October 2018 day, they chopped the IGA CEO, a few days ago they chopped the DHMI Chairwoman. if they open full ops on 5 Apr, they risk jeopardizing THY, not going to happen.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 5:45 pm
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A Turkish Airline rep at a travel show in Dublin recently said to me that categorically the airport move would be complete by the end of March!
He would know
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Old Feb 20, 19, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Stormbel View Post
A Turkish Airline rep at a travel show in Dublin recently said to me that categorically the airport move would be complete by the end of March!
He would know
Has they mentioned the year
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Old Feb 26, 19, 3:41 am
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The BA article above has now been removed... looks like March ain’t happening!
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Old Mar 12, 19, 10:24 am
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Move to the new airport is supposedly the 6th April for all airlines, allegedly.

According to TK website, TK flights are definitely moving on 6 April, ceasing ops at Ataturk (IST) at 2 am and starting at the new Istanbul airport (ISL) at 14:00 on 6th April, and this is supposedly applicable to all airlines.


Also there are potential flight cancellations because there appear to be a 12-hour gap between 02:00 and 14:00 when one airport ceases ops and the other one starts.

I cannot find any info on BA.com yet. Keep your eye on BA.com for any updates, and make sure you pick the right location for hotels (i.e. it's a long way between Ataturk and new airport so it's not good if you end up booking an airport hotel at the wrong one).

The airport code ISL doesn't seem to be loaded on BA.com yet, either.

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Old Mar 12, 19, 10:45 am
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I have a booking to Istanbul for the 14th April and it's still showing as Ataturk IST
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Old Mar 12, 19, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by kosy91 View Post
I have a booking to Istanbul for the 14th April and it's still showing as Ataturk IST

Do keep in mind BA Twitter team we’re assuring me that BA had moved to new Airport back in November up until I sent them FR24 screen shot of BA flight landing at IST.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by Worcester View Post
Do keep in mind BA Twitter team we’re assuring me that BA had moved to new Airport back in November up until I sent them FR24 screen shot of BA flight landing at IST.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by LTN Phobia View Post
The airport code ISL doesn't seem to be loaded on BA.com yet, either.
I don't think you will ever see ISL loaded on ba.com.

The plan is for the IST code to be transferred to Istanbul New Airport during the twelve hour switch over. ISL was only required by TK during parallel operations.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 1:09 pm
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Do keep in mind BA Twitter team we’re assuring me that BA had moved to new Airport back in November up until I sent them FR24 screen shot of BA flight landing at IST.
That's hilarious!
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Old Mar 12, 19, 1:10 pm
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Singapore Airlines have also confirmed that they will move on 6th April.

I'm seeing the IST code refering to the new airport on TK's site with a note to say Ataturk will be closed by then on a booking for late April.
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