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Istanbul New Airport (IST, LTFM) İstanbul Havalimanı -
is an international airport in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey.
The airport was planned as the largest in the world with a 150 million annual passenger capacity in its last
expansion stage, while remaining upgradable to handle 200 million annual passengers if required in the future.
It is the third international airport to be built in Istanbul after Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen,
and is planned to become the main international airport serving Istanbul.
Atatürk Airport will be closed down for scheduled passenger flights once the new airport is fully operational,
and its IATA code IST will be transferred to the new airport.
The airport had been unofficially known as 'Istanbul New Airport' during construction -
the new official name of 'Istanbul Airport' was announced at the opening ceremony.
The first flight from the airport was Turkish Airlines flight to the Turkish capital Ankara on 31 October, 2018.
New Istanbul Airport serves as the main hub for Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines (Turkish: Türk Hava Yolları) is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey.
As of 2018, it operates scheduled services to 304 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas,
making it the largest carrier in the world by number of passenger destinations (excluding regional brands).