It has been annouced that the 3rd Istanbul Airport which has been underconstruction on the European side of İstanbul, will use the code IST as flight code of International Air Transport Association (IATA). As known, the code IST has still been used for the İstanbul Atatürk International Airport.
It has been targetted to avoid any technical inconvenience during transition period for nomination of IST code to the new airport. It has been thought that since “the code IST” represents İstanbul, this will make great contribution to the introduction and publicity of the 3rd İstanbul Airport
What is IATA Code?
IATA code is made of 3 letters and defined by IATA itself. It is an essential part for identification of destinations, airlines, ticketing and other related air traffic documents. By means of IATA codes, all airlines applications for both passengers and cargos can be smoothly executed. IATA codes are also used for baggage tags and they help sorting of baggage.
ICAO Code for the 3rd Airport Will be LTFM
The second code for the 3rd İstanbul Airport will be LTFM which is code of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The letter “L” refers to the region where Turkey is located and the letter “T” refers to Turkey. ICAO codes are composed of 4 letters and declared to all over the world.
Simulations Works Unverway
General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ) has been working to accelarete the transition process from the former airport to the new one and to sustain air traffic without any interruption. DHMİ General Director Funda Ocak has given information about the simulation works and she stated that the simulation will continue for 8 weeks.
Simulation works which were started in the last October and will continue until January 2018, aim at adaptation of Air Traffic Control Personnel to New Air Space.