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AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:27 pm

Hi,

I am having the chance going to AYT or IST for one day. So, I will go there for one day and continue my journey. In spite of the winter season, which of these airports would offer more and interesting traffic?
 
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RE: AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:35 pm

AYT is pretty much dead in winter. IIRC even one terminal is more or less closed.
IST is much less seasonal.
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RE: AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:59 pm

If you go to IST for spotting, you'll most probably be spotting at the shopping mall, Flyinn. You'll be in the balcony and when cold, you'll have a lot of options for hot beverages or food.  

AYT would be much warmer but as far as I know, you'll be out in the open.
 
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RE: AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:53 pm

Hello Bogac,

Is there an outside balcony at the Flyinn shopping mall these days? No glass?   
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RE: AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:32 pm

No glass, and just a four-lane road away from the main departure runway. Without any doubt the most comfortable spotting point I have ever seen.
 
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RE: AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:43 pm

Quoting Miguel1982 (Reply 4):

Hi Miguel,

I know the place, but a few years ago there was only the glass wall of the food court to take photos through.

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They were adding a building (parking garage?) back then, is the balcony there maybe? Sounds superb indeed.

There was also a rooftop terrace at a flying school nearby, but it was not really public and I don't suppose you are referring to that.

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RE: AYT Vs. IST: Spotting In Winter Season

Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:13 pm

From the food court at the Flyinn, you can freely access the outdoor terrasse. There, there's a small glass "wall" that is only a meter tall or so. Higher than that, there is no obstruction whatsoever. You can see it here, right below the "FlyInn" sign:

https://goo.gl/maps/A2mtYKfRiQT2

I think I have seen photos taken from the rooftop of a building just across the street from the Flyinn - I got to that conclussion after seeing how the perspective over the terminal and the parked planes was slightly different than that of my shots taken from the FlyInn - but I don't think that building is open to public. Also, no idea about that parking you mention.

Cheers,

Miguel

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