National flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) will start new flights from the new Istanbul Airport, the company's chief executive officer said on Friday.
The carrier will fly to nine domestic - Diyarbakır, Kayseri, Hatay - and foreign - Moscow, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Ashgabat, Tbilisi - destinations, Bilal Ekşi said in a Twitter post. He noted the carrier currently flies to Ankara, Antalya, İzmir, Trabzon, Adana, Gaziantep, Baku and Ercan from Istanbul Airport.
Once completed, Istanbul Airport will be the world's biggest international airport, covering 76.5 million square meters. The first phase of the airport opened on Oct. 29 on the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey.
The grand opening ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish ministers, officials and heads of state from around the world.
Commercial flights at the new airport started in early November. The airport has the potential to welcome 90 million passengers annually, and following the second phase of construction, expected to be completed in 2023, this number will reach up to 200 million. The airport will operate flights to 350 destinations worldwide.