|Quoting bahadir (Reply 14):|
Not true.. When the new Denver Airport opened with the closing of Stapleton both DEN and KDEN transferred. The key was Stapleton closed at the same time. If the plan is to keep Ataturk Airport open to local training and bizjet flights, then there is an issue.
Well I actually assumed that IST
/LTBA will not cease all flight operations once the INA becomes operational; therefore I commented that the ICAO cannot (will not) be transferred. BTW, the rumors are that IST
will also continue with some cargo operations, after INA becomes operational; not only training-maintenance and general aviation.
This makes a little bit of sense:
1) THY has pretty recently established its own Cargo Terminal at IST
/LTBA. It will be just a waste of money and facilities to throw away this investment after 3-4 years of usage. Besides it is highly debatable if THY can really carry all its facilities at IST
/LTBA to INA at a very short period of time. Yes, you can re-locate the fleet, the facilities inside the passenger terminal but not everything, every facility you currently have established at IST
/LTBA. Foremost of these will be the Turkish Technic facilities. Even, you cannot build the THY HQ
Building at or nearby the INA, because no one can really allocate you the site (land) where to start constructing it.
It goes without saying the enormous financial burden of THY's relocation at INA, if you consider a complete one, covering all technical and commercial/managerial facilities.
2) This also applies to the General Aviation facilities: In my understanding the General Aviation will be moved away from IST
/LTBA maybe only by 2025 or so.
Maybe I prophesize something which doesn't look "impossible" (to me, at the least):
By 2018 (Feb 26th 2018 or Oct 30th 2018) they will start operations at INA --- assuming the new facility will be fully certified, etc. etc. But TK
may not be fully re-located there. In fact TK
will continue most of its flights from IST
Possibly (if this happens) the Star Alliance members will also continue flying from IST
/LTBA. All other domestic and international airlines will be pushed out to the INA. This will bring out two results:
a) There will be a kind of soft and more hassle-free opening at INA. (the other int. airlines practically only will carry out their offices out from IST
/LTBA. No big technical infrastructure to be re-located or newly built at INA)
Once again, just think of THY's big burden for re-locating at INA. But everything asie, just think of the re-location and re-building of the CIP Lounge that THY (not the IGA Consortium!...) has to build at INA. And they can be allocated maybe only 3-4 months to finish it, before INA becomes operational! Wow!...
b) As most passengers will be more willing to fly out from IST
/LTBA, THY's load factors will possibly improve!..
It may be that THY may operate some connecting domestic flights from INA to major domestic destinations such as ESB
, DIY, say some more like BJV for the summer season with b738s or a320/321s and base maybe 15-20 of these frames at INA at the start...
Maybe a few of you are aware that currently there's an extension underway at the International Terminal at IST
/LTBA. It will be operational by Sept/Oct. 2016. Nothing too big; an extension to give a little bit more breath by increasing the presently congested terminal by 10-12 million pax/year. Equipped only with 4 dual airbridges (8 narrow bodies or 4 wide bodies can be served at a time...) You know what THY is asking for? They want that this new extension to be allocated to other airlines while the current "old" terminal totally devoted for the use of TK
(and maybe for the other Star Alliance members)? Why should they do this if they are so sure they will be (safely, healthily and totally) re-located at the INA, by 2018?
Sorry folks, it has been long enough for today. Thanks for your patience! More to follow, asap.
A veteran Electronics & Communications Engineer from Istanbul-Turkey, highly interested in civil and military aviation.