Simple Flying - Jake Hardiman

The new Istanbul Airport has been operational for just over two years. The coronavirus pandemic has given the airport a challenging start to its life, but, going forward, it is set to become an important intercontinental hub. However, what about the airport whose place it took? Istanbul Atatürk Airport served the city for decades before being replaced, but what is its function today?

While passenger operations have been entirely shifted to the new Istanbul Airport, Atatürk is still an important component in Turkish aviation. Indeed, it has become the city’s cargo hub, with Turkish Airlines Cargo serving dozens of destinations worldwide.

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