I present to you…
ISTANBUL! A beautiful trio of the three big boys.
Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. The reason it is so interesting is its geography. It’s so unique and surprising that no one has thought of adding it! First off, the whole city is in two continents! Now that’s a cool city!
Why Istanbul area?
First of all, read above. Second of all, it is home to 3 massive airports with some sort of significance. Let’s go over them
Istanbul (Main) Airport - LTFM
This airport has been opened fairly recently but there was no celebratory event within IF sadly. Good fix! Make an overdue FNF! The airport has 1 HUGE terminal building and 4 MASSIVE parallel runways , absolutely great for photos! It is now the main hub for the big guy with most countries that they fly to: TURKISH AIRLINES! Now that gives an opportunity for flying to big destinations all over the world that are virtually undiscovered!
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport - LTFJ
Here’s big boy no. 2! Skip the Bosphorous strait to the Asian side of Istanbul, you find yourself in Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It’s Pegasus Airlines’ Home base and holds a few airlines to fly from it! Turkish Airlines of course, Emirates, Flydubai, some budget airlines, all that shebang!
Look who’s here for cargo ops! It’s
Istanbul Ataturk International Airport! - LTBA
This is maybe closed to the public, but it holds the backbone of Istanbul’s cargo. Back on the European side, it was the home of this legendary Turkish Airlines I told you about and had beautiful spotting views as you probably would have seen on some spotting videos. The airport has closed earlier this year in favour of the massive now main airport. Now it’s just the main base for Turkish Airlines Cargo, MNG Airlines. It has many destinations with Lufthansa Cargo, UPS, Ethiopian Cargo, and DHL! Still nice to include it knowing that the main airport has not seen a cargo flight yet, according to Wikipedia.
Now, Christmas may not be big in Turkey, but, still small, some Turks celebrate the new year! Perfect for this time of year!