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Turkey: New airport to open in Istanbul, IST code to switch to new airport

Istanbul’s new international airport, located on the European side of Istanbul, is set to open this weekend. The existing Atatürk Istanbul Airport will reportedly close down for scheduled passenger flights on Saturday, April 6, 2019, while the transfer of services takes place. Services will then transfer to the new Istanbul Airport.

Please note that the IATA code IST will be transferred from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport. Atatürk Airport will be assigned the code ISL once the transfer of scheduled passenger activities to the new airport is complete.

If you are traveling to Istanbul over the coming days, please check with your airline to determine where your flight lands. Frequently asked questions can also be accessed here.