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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 Nov 1, 18, 6:08 am
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Old Nov 1, 18, 6:14 am
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Live band, domestic terminal


Near gate G2b


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Old Nov 1, 18, 11:09 am
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Looks very festive!
Must be weird to have only five daily flights in this huge terminal. Must feel eerily empty.
And... the lounge?

Thanks for the photos!

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Old Nov 1, 18, 11:12 am
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Great pictures!

I wonder what loads are like. If low it would be a nice touch to upgrade a few people to J (assuming at least the Baku flight has J).
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Old Nov 1, 18, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by shuly View Post
Looks very festive!
Must be weird to have only five daily flights in this huge terminal. Must feel eerily empty.
And... the lounge?

Thanks for the photos!

Shuly
It was very empty. Very very few shops and cafes. I guess the fifth flight will start on Nov 8 with flight to Baku so until then only 4 per day. Unfortunately no lounge yet & the agent ddnt know either when it wld open.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by ankomonkey View Post
Great pictures!

I wonder what loads are like. If low it would be a nice touch to upgrade a few people to J (assuming at least the Baku flight has J).
Thanks. The flight to Izmir today was actually full and I believe for the nxt 3 days as well. I checked the inaugural flight to Baku on Nov 8 and biz class redemption is 15k one way plus abt 100Euro taxes 😉
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Old Nov 1, 18, 12:35 pm
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Below are the first impressions a visitor who went to Istanbul Airport, for a brief sightseeing tour (mainly of the terminal). Source: airliners.net Civil Aviation Forums.
I went to visit the new airport today by car. Parts of it (like the car parks) are still under construction and a lot of places like ticket offices, cafes and shops etc are still being fitted out. I was able to walk around inside though and the check-in area looks a lot like a giant version of Ataturk with the same interior layout, but just a lot bigger. I can see why they didn't open it fully yet - with the car park still not finished, interior fitting out and construction ongoing it would be crazy to try to move in hundreds of aircraft and huge numbers of passengers. Right now it's kind of like a cross between a small Ryanair style airport with 5 flights per day and a huge construction site. Certain parts are cordened off and they are still installing things like lifts in certain areas.

There are a few cafes that are open but others that are closed and many areas reserved for shops that have still not been leased or fitted out. There are buses and taxis outside, but the car rental counters are not ready yet. It is quite a beautiful design with a lot of nice touches and I'm sure it will be amazing when it's fully operational. It is quite far away although the road was clear of traffic on the route I took (from Levent leaving at 4pm) so it only took about 40m. I talked to some bus drivers and they said that it takes about 1 hour to Taksim but it can take 2 hours to Kozyatagi because the traffic on the second bridge is very bad.
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Old Nov 1, 18, 1:12 pm
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Interest in this thread has suddenly dropped when the "no lounge" news came out
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Old Nov 1, 18, 1:38 pm
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Also seems like they killed those 493TRY /rt business fares.. was just about to book a run..
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Old Nov 1, 18, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by nilsrtw View Post
Also seems like they killed those 493TRY /rt business fares.. was just about to book a run..
When I tried to book they have like 1-2 seats left for each flight, maybe later dates are available?

Also anyone has information on the bus schedules? I'm trying to figure out the earliest bus available as I'd rather stay in Istanbul (nothing around the new airport but to sleep).
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Old Nov 2, 18, 1:16 am
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Also anyone has information on the bus schedules?
See my posts above
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Old Nov 2, 18, 1:35 am
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TRIP REPORT, part 1: ISL pre-departure



Exterior with hideous and sad landscaping



Future Check-in row



Domestic departures security queue: empty!



Cafe- landside



Photo kiosk!

Report: Part One - Landside


Two of us arrived in a friend's car, and the drive from urban Istanbul at rush hour was rather surreal: this is a very rural area. As you approach the airport you are struck by how many construction vehicles there are surrounding this mostly unfinished facility. The entrance is rather depressing and brutalist; the planted trees and grass and vegetation look like they are on life support and the design around the car parks is really dreadful (first photo).

Entering the airport you'll go through the customary initial X-ray as in other Turkish airports. There are many many check-in rows and machines, and a handful of rows are presently staffed for the 4 daily flights (Baku hasn't started yet).

The departure monitor is amusing: three flights on the domestic monitor (second photo) spaced roughly two hours apart.

The Ankara flight leaves in about an hour, and after the initial rush to get those passengers through it's quiet now (third photo).

There is a kiosk where you can dress up in pilot's caps, goggles, and get your photo taken for free (fourth photo). They email you a video of your "scene" as well.

One cafe landside is open; we had tea and espresso. They've got baked goods and sandwiches as well (fifth photo).

They clearly have a tremendous amount of construction work left to do: exposed wiring is everywhere; lots of unsealed joints, holes in drywall, and rather average-to-shoddy construction materials mean a lot of subsequent patching and repair work will be necessary. On the other hand, Berlin-Brandenburg (BER) likely will never open and yet this airport is now open for business. So there is that. Second report airside to follow.
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Old Nov 2, 18, 3:12 am
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TRIP REPORT, part 2: ISL airside



Landside kiosks just before security: Turkish mobile providers



View of magnificent outdoor landscaping!



Ara Güter photo exhibition; famous Turkish photographer died in October aged 90



Airside photo exhibit



Airside food/beverage kiosk



Airside shops



An empty passage!



The dazzling G gates



Much excitement airside



Finally, a place to have lunch!

Just before security you'll find each of the three major Turkish telecom companies in small kiosks: Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone. We were unable to visit the arrivals hall but assume they do or will have shops there as well.

At present there are four daily flights, three domestic and one international. We could not view the area where the sole international flight departs (Baku service pending) and we could only visit the G gates area where our Antalya-bound flight departs. We note two cafes already opened and one opening soon, and just a handful of shops already doing business. One shop sells tennis shoes. This somehow is understandable, given that not much is happening here for two more months and paying employees to essentially do nothing most of the day costs money.

There appears not to be a single luggage trolley in the airport. Maybe these are forthcoming, or as my lady travel companion suggested they'll just bring these over from IST on New Year's Eve.

Then we set off to find the Turkish Airlines lounge, for which apparently no signage exists. Walking through the long long G gates area we passed two play areas for children; we found the prayer rooms; we saw a future smoking area (at least that's what we think it is, no signage); and a sad little terrace. And then finally an elevator to the lounge! The elevator has no control panel and appears not to have been installed. So if there is actually a lounge on the upper level we could not access it.

The G gates are mostly finished; there is exposed wiring here and there; a missing floorplate here and poorly-trimmed carpeting there. Dusty footprints abound. It's literally a ghost town when you step away from the departure gate. Which was wonderful! We loved this experience of visiting the new largest airport in the world with literally nobody in it. Well, they've got two months to get this place in order. But compared with other new and newish major international airports this place is quite underwhelming. It's a semi-functional airport but shopping and services you'd find in mega-airports even when completed will be underwhelming. Though perhaps the international terminal(s) will be more impressive.
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Old Nov 2, 18, 3:22 am
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Unfinished lift (elevator) to the unfinished Turkish Airlines lounge
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Old Nov 2, 18, 3:31 am
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An actual B737 on which we will fly! Note all the construction vehicles in background



Gate G2 with fresh flowers awaiting departing passengers
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