Istanbul Ataturk Final Hurrah 2018 – Part 1


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Istanbul’s famous Ataturk International Airport was scheduled to close for all passenger traffic on October 28, 2018 with flights being moved to the brand new Istanbul International Airport.

We have had the pleasure of visiting Ataturk Airport many times over the past twenty years and have always enjoyed spotting the amazing traffic at this gold mine for aviation fans.

The FlyInn shopping center in Florya has a wonderful outdoor terrace that conveniently overlooks the threshold of the main runway, giving spotters a panorama view of the airport and the runway action.

We paid a visit to this famous location a month before the scheduled close date of late October, 2018 for passenger airline traffic, and the FlyInn viewing balcony was loaded with aviation fans from all over the world to soak up the action one final time.

As always, the traffic at Istanbul Ataturk never fails to disappoint. We were thoroughly entertained during the afternoon of our visit, which would be our “Last Hurrah” for spotting at Ataturk airport.

Highlights this time included the Iraqi Airways 747-400, Mahan Air A310 and A340, Azerbaijan 767-300, and the Kalitta Air 747-400F.