A few weeks ago, I booked a flight from the new airport in Istanbul (airport code ISL) to Izmir departing November 1. It was the only day I was available as I had non refundable hotel bookings from the 2nd to the 5th of November. To my surprise, it was actually the inaugural flight, lucky me. Here are some of the pictures from the whole experience starting with the bus to the airport, the new airport itself and the flight to Izmir.
Video from my YouTube channel 📺
I already had my mobile boarding pass so I headed directly to security. It was very quiet as it was the only flight at this time of the day. From today November 1, there are 4 departures per day and by November 8, the fifth one to Baku will be added.
There was no lounge though (I was told by the check-in agent I could get a drink and snack from a cafe near gate G1 by presenting my TK Elite Plus card but did not bother) so I guess we just have to wait for a few more months.
Boarding started about 30 minutes before departure.
The flight was actually full, with only a seat or two vacant in economy class. Business class was sold out even before I could upgrade.
This was actually my second time to be on an inaugural flight (the first one was on Emirates First Class from Stockholm to Dubai) and as an avgeek, it was so memorable. Even more memorable due to the fact that I was among the fırst passengers to see the massive, modern and beautiful new Istanbul Airport. I know there is stıll a lot of work to be done as the Arrivals level is still not yet ready (we used the rest of the departures level on my return flight the followıng day). Still, kudos to Turkey and to Turkish Airlines for such a wonderful gift to the aviatıon industry 😍