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Sunday, 14 April, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]
Turkey's national carrier moved all its flights from Istanbul's old airport in 41-hour 'big bang'
By TBM Staff | Mumbai

Turkey's national carrier moved all its planes and operations from Istanbul's old airport in an intense 41 hours over the weekend.

Turkish Airlines moved thousands of pieces of equipment - including planes, aircraft-towing vehicles, and security sensors - from its base in Atatürk Airport to New Istanbul Airport over 41 hours on Friday and Saturday.

The airline started the process, which it dubbed the ‘Great Move,’ at 3 a.m. Friday and completed it at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Turkish Airlines confirmed to Business Insider in a statement.

Hundreds of trucks carried more than 10,000 pieces of equipment, weighing about 44 tons, Turkey's Daily Sabah newspaper reported. The two airports are about 20 miles apart.

Mehmet Turhan, Transport Minister, Turkey called it "the biggest move in world aviation history" in a TV broadcast cited by the Daily Sabah newspaper.The Guardian and Financial Times (FT) referred to the operation as "the big bang."

The old airport is located in southern Istanbul, near the Sea of Marmara, while the new one is in the city's north, near the Black Sea. Both airports were shut during the moving operations, Daily Sabah reported.