Istanbul airport re-opens short runway to flights
The repaired and extended short runway of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was re-opened to flights on Wednesday.
The 2,300-meter long and 60-meter wide runway, which was closed to air traffic in March 2010, was opened to air traffic after being extended for another 300 meters.
Planes started to use the runway by 9:30 a.m. this morning.
The runway, previously known as 06-24, will be named 05-23 from now on, officials said.
The repair process, which also included a new lighting system compatible with CAT3 standards, cost nearly 210 million Turkish liras, sources added.
Turkish Airlines to Fly LAX-Istanbul Beginning March 2011
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa cheered the announcement that Turkish Airlines will launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Istanbul, Turkey four times a week beginning March 3, 2011.
The air service on brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars annually in economic activity in Southern California.
I am very proud that Turkish Airlines has chosen LAX as its U.S. West Coast gateway," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "The nonstop route between LAX and Istanbul will strengthen business, tourism and cultural ties with one of the most desirable cities in Eurasia, while providing improved connecting service to more European, Asian, African and Middle Eastern destinations.
"Gaining new and increased international service at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport is a top priority for me because of the substantial contribution these flights make to the economy of Southern California," the Mayor added. "Turkish Airline's nonstop service to Istanbul is a prime example of the type of air service we want to attract to our airports."
"Passengers will experience Turkish Airlines' high quality service and overall customer service excellence in Business Class, Comfort Class and Economy Class on brand-new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the latest technology," said Fatma Yuceler, Turkish Airlines' director for west coast. "This route will open new doors for travel between Los Angeles, Istanbul, and the rest of the world."
According to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, one average daily, round-trip, transoceanic flight of wide-body aircraft to/from LAX generates $623 million in economic output annually, and sustains 3,120 direct and indirect jobs in Southern California with annual wages of $156 million.
The flight from Los Angeles to Istanbul will operate with four weekly flights (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) from LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal using new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the latest technology and capacity of 337 passengers.
The flight schedule was developed to provide Turkish Airlines passengers with convenient connections between Istanbul and major Turkish and Eurasian cities, as well as between LAX and important cities in the Middle East.
Los Angeles will be Turkish Airlines' fifth North American gateway, adding to New York, Chicago, Washington, and Toronto. Turkish Airlines is a Star Alliance network member that overall offers 19,700 daily flights to 1,077 destinations in 175 countries.
Turkish Airlines makes emergency landing at Istanbul
A passenger plane of the Turkish Airlines made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport shortly after taking off due to a technical failure.
A passenger plane of the Turkish Airlines (THY) made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport shortly after taking off due to a technical failure.
The Boeing 737-800 bound from Istanbul to Birmingham took off from the Ataturk Airport at 11:00 a.m.
The plane made an emergency landing at the airport shortly after taking off due to a technical failure.
There were 83 passengers on board the plane. They will be sent to Birmingham by another plane.
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