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TK operations from "Istanbul Airport" aka Istanbul New Airport (ISL/IST)

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Please note that this thread discusses only TK operations from the new airport. There will be no discussion of the politics involved. These can take place in OMNI PR. Anyone interested in general issue surrounding the new airport may find these in the "Europe" forum. The usual FT rules apply.
For a general discussion about the airport, not related to TK, please visit: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/euro...er-thread.html
Lounge questions have now a dedicated thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/turk...2-lounges.html
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This is the list of all Istanbul Airport threads where you could find more details related to your question if it's discussed in one of the forums below.

TK in Istanbul Airport: Thread #1 - General Discussion ( YOU ARE HERE )
This is the thread that you could ask your questions about the airport related to Turkish Airlines which doesn't have a dedicated thread. For example questions about check-in desks, the Miniport service, fast-track security, care points, etc... could be asked here if they are directly or indirectly related to TK.
TK in Istanbul Airport: Thread #2 - Lounges
This is the thread dedicated for lounges and questions about the TK lounges at Istanbul Airport. Sleeping rooms in the lounge could be discussed in the third thread as it's mainly related to longer connections. Please do refer to the respective threads in the Europe forum for other contract lounges at Istanbul Airport and PriorityPass lounges.
TK in Istanbul Airport: Thread #3 - Stopover Hotel, Touristanbul, Sleeping Rooms
This is the thread for passengers booked a long connection. The thread has a guide that would give basic information about the free city tour, the stopover hotel option for eligible passengers as well as the sleeping rooms in the lounges in Istanbul Airport. For issues onlyrelated hotel suggestions refer to the Europe forum.
TK in Istanbul Airport: Thread #4 - Transferring/Transit at Istanbul Airport
This is the thread were you could ask your questions about any type of transfer at Istanbul Airport. Such as what to do within a xxx hour layover, or facilities at the transfer area directly related to transit issues. Also questions related to transfer security, immigration in single/seperate tickets could be discussed here. As well as what to do in case of misconnections. The transfer hotel where passengers could access by paying: YOTEL has a dedicated thread where you could find here.
TK in Istanbul Airport: Thread #5 - Miles&Smiles Card Pickup at Istanbul Airport
If you want to pickup your Miles&Smiles card in Istanbul Airport, please consult this thread where you would be able to find the locations of the card print points for Miles&Smiles members.

There are also threads not only related to the TK pax but to all passengers traveling from Istanbul Airport. These take place in the Europe forum.

Istanbul Airport Master Thread
For any question related to the airport instead of TK ( facilities, pay-to-use services not related to TK, transportation, rental car services, hotel services, non-TK lounges ) please consult this thread in the Europe forum. Also please discuss, Flightradar24 related ADS-B issues, delays related to the airport here, unless it's a direct TK issue.
PriorityPass Lounges in Istanbul Airport
There is no PriorityPass Lounges at Istanbul Airport at the moment. However, I would update this thread when there is an available lounge for PriorityPass at the airport.

I (ISTFlyer) have removed the FAQ's as they are now all answered in the respective WIKI sections of the respective forums.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 3:17 am
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And the first flight has taken off.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 3:47 am
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Any news on the lounge?
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Old Oct 31, 18, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by Jaenks View Post
Yeah. Nice promo with 5x miles to "new Istanbul airport" it says, but then, the only options in the booking engine are IST, ISL, SAW. Who the he*k would know now then if it has to be ISL for the promo to count - impossible!!! Since the promo is valid only for 2018 end, and there are no flights to-from the new airport until 2019?
This is no more confusing than typical TK
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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by FFlash View Post
Yeah. Nice promo with 5x miles to "new Istanbul airport" it says, but then, the only options in the booking engine are IST, ISL, SAW. Who the he*k would know now then if it has to be ISL for the promo to count - impossible!!! Since the promo is valid only for 2018 end, and there are no flights to-from the new airport until 2019?
This is no more confusing than typical TK
I don’t know if I have Stockholm syndrome from flying TK almost exclusively for three years, but nothing about the promo is confusing to me.

I suppose if you were seriously chasing status, had time to burn and can find some ultra cheap tickets, you could get approx 900 miles for a ISL-ESB RT. That’s 4500 with the 5x promo. Two of those a day should be doable so that’s E in 4.5 days or E+ in about 9 days.

faster in J (divide days by 1.6 I think) but count me out!

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Old Oct 31, 18, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by starflyergold View Post
I understand that the Yotel hotel (air and landside) will only open in late 2018/early 2019.
Thanks, yes this would be for early 2019. If you check now, most hotels near the new airport (Anartvutkoy) are commanding high rates.

There's Park Inn Odayeri nearby but there's nothing around, I've booked using Raddison points but realize unless I'm right at the airport, there's no point staying far away from Istanbul. I would be better off just staying at my usual spots near Bakirkoy and take early taxi there.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by gr8pirate View Post
I don’t know if I have Stockholm syndrome from flying TK almost exclusively for three years, but nothing about the promo is confusing to me.
I suppose if you were seriously chasing status, had time to burn and can find some ultra cheap tickets, you could get approx 900 miles for a ISL-ESB RT. That’s 4500 with the 5x promo. Two of those a day should be doable so that’s E in 4.5 days or E+ in about 9 days.
faster in J (divide days by 1.6 I think) but count me out!
It is fixed amount of miles intra Turkey regardless of status, so three mileage options in Economy and two in Business for roundtrips, 5x included. E 1500,3000 or 6000; J 10000,12500.
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-t...nes/index.html
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Old Oct 31, 18, 5:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaenks View Post
It is fixed amount of miles intra Turkey regardless of status, so three mileage options in Economy and two in Business for roundtrips, 5x included. E 1500,3000 or 6000; J 10000,12500.
https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-t...nes/index.html
Amazing, someone could renew Elite Plus with 3-4 ISL-ESB J round trips for another 2 years within 3-4 days for 500TLR each, 2000 TLR total. Assuming you take 1 rt a day.

This is the least expensive status run I've ever heard.
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Old Oct 31, 18, 7:00 pm
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Wow, this is an amazing promotion! For about $700 and 8 days of your time, you can get 100K miles.. I'm so tempted
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Old Oct 31, 18, 8:45 pm
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Originally Posted by stevenmb View Post
Two of us are flying out of ISL this Friday, 2 November. Will update with photos and trip report. We had intended to take the bus but now a friend insists on driving us because he too wants to see the new biggest airport in the world
You beat me, I’m not going until next week!
Does your seat map look like a 777 as well?
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Old Nov 1, 18, 1:30 am
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Originally Posted by flyjfk View Post
Wow, this is an amazing promotion! For about $700 and 8 days of your time, you can get 100K miles.. I'm so tempted
Tempting indeed. The open question is how to get from IST to/from ISL.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 2:29 am
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Tempting indeed. The open question is how to get from IST to/from ISL.
Not necessarily. You could start the run from ESB
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Old Nov 1, 18, 3:29 am
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Hello from Mecidiyeköy Metrobus terminal. In addition to the 48F buses the drivers here advised me of the new H-2 airport express bus that connects the new airport to/from Mecidiyeköy, where you can walk 2 min to the Mecidiyeköy-Şişli M2 line Metro Station. We might be getting a ride to the new airport tomorrow morning but if not I'll follow up with a bus report. For those wondering, you can pay the 48F fare with a refillable Istanbulkart that works on boats, buses, and Metro.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 4:24 am
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Originally Posted by bamba70 View Post
Not necessarily. You could start the run from ESB
1. There are only 5 daily flights from/to new airport.
2. TK 2124 departs ISL at 11:10 arrives ESB 12:35
3. TK 2125 departs ESB 13:30 arrives ISL 14:55
= starting in ESB requires an overnight in Istanbul every run

I still see promo fares ISL<->ESB at 59TL each way, so when I get back from Antalya journey these do look tempting but going all the way to ISL five to ten times might try my patience. Tomorrow will be the test.....

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Old Nov 1, 18, 5:44 am
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If I was in year 1 of my E+ cycle this would be really tempting. But basically any status miles earned in 2018 would be wasted on me.

Fingers crossed that we will see a similar, but obviously less lucrative promo, when the rest of the fleet moves over to the new airport.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 6:01 am
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Havaist bus to ISL from Taksim Square


First Havaist bus from Taksim to ISL


As steven said, you can use your IstanbulCard


The screen was not used. No wifi. Maybe coming soon
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