Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IATA: IST, ICAO: LTBA) (Turkish: İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı) is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers, destinations served and aircraft movements. Opened in 1924 in Yeşilköy, on the European side of the city, it is located 24 km (15 mi) west of the city centre and serves as the main hub for Turkish Airlines. The city’s other, smaller, international airport is Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. As of February 2017, 273 destinations are served from Istanbul-Atatürk, making it the airport with the second-most destinations worldwide after Frankfurt Airport.
The airport was originally named Yeşilköy Airport. In the 1980s, it was renamed Istanbul Atatürk International Airport in honour of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. It served more than 60 million passengers in 2015, making it the 11th-busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and the 10th-busiest in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. As of 2017, it is Europe’s 5th-busiest airport after London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, having fallen from third place after a decline in passengers due to security fears.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport features two main passenger terminals which are interconnected to each other.
Domestic Terminal is the older and smaller of the two terminals and exclusively handles domestic flights within Turkey. Until the opening of the International Terminal, it used to be the airport’s international terminal. Domestic Terminal features its own check-in and airside facilities on the upper floor that lead to twelve departure gates (101-112) which are equipped with jet bridges. On the ground level there are five baggage reclaim belts as well as a curbside independent from the International Terminal.
The International Terminal was inaugurated in 2000 and is used for all international flights. It features a large main hall containing eight check-in isles and a wide range of airside facilities such as shops and restaurants. The departures area consists of 27 gates (201-226) which are all equipped with jetbridges as well as several bus-boarding stands. The arrivals floor below is equipped with 11 baggage reclaim belts. The International Terminal is able to handle widebody aircraft such as Turkish Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ERs.
There is also an additional terminal for general aviation to the northwest of the main areas as well as a dedicated cargo terminal including sections for radioactive and refrigerated freight.
The airport terminals have been operated by TAV Airports since January 2000. TAV has already invested US$600 million since 1998. In 2005 TAV won the concession agreement to operate Atatürk for 15½ years at an amount of $4 billion. TAV started its construction at the airport for new boarding gates at international terminal as well as building a new air traffic control tower. Unused facility buildings are demolished and three new boarding bridges are being built. When the new tower is completed, the old one will be demolished. When the international terminal is expanded, some of the jetways will be left to the domestics terminal which are on the west of the international terminal, connected to it.
A third big airport for the city under the project name Istanbul New Airport is under construction in order to meet Istanbul’s growing domestic and international air traffic demand as a source, destination and transit point. A site in the European part on the coast of the Black Sea has been chosen and construction started in May 2015. Once the new airport is finished, Atatürk will be closed.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Istanbul Atatürk Airport:
- Aegean Airlines, to Athens
- Aegean Airlines operated by Olympic Air
Seasonal to: Athens
- Aeroflot, to Moscow–Sheremetyevo
- Aeroflot operated by Rossiya Airlines, to St Petersburg
- Afriqiyah Airways, to Bayda, Tripoli–Mitiga
- Air Algérie, to Algiers, Annaba, Constantine, Oran
- Air Astana, to Aktau, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau
- Air France, to Paris–Charles de Gaulle
- Air Mediterranean, to Athens
- Air Moldova, to Chișinău
- Ariana Afghan Airlines, to Kabul
- Asiana Airlines, to Seoul–Incheon
- ATA Airlines, to Tabriz, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- AtlasGlobal, to Adana, Aktau, Amsterdam, Antalya, Astana, Baghdad, Belgrade, Beirut, Bodrum, Chișinău, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Erbil, Gaziantep, Hamburg, İzmir, Jeddah, Karagandy, Kayseri, Konya, Krasnodar, Kuwait, London–Stansted, Makhachkala, Medina, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Najaf, Nicosia–Ercan, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Samara, Sarajevo, Sharjah, Shymkent, Stockholm–Arlanda, Sulaymaniyah, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 30 October 2017), Trabzon, Tyumen, Volgograd, Yerevan, Zürich, Seasonal to: Dalaman, Mykonos, Pristina
- AtlasGlobal Ukraine, to Kharkiv, Lviv, Zaporizhia
- Azerbaijan Airlines, to Baku
- Belavia, to Minsk
- British Airways, to London–Heathrow
- Buraq Air, to Tripoli-Mitiga
- Caspian Airlines, to Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- EgyptAir, to Cairo
- Emirates, toDubai–International
- Etihad Airways, to Abu Dhabi – you can book your flights here⇐
- Ghadames Air Transport, to Tripoli-Mitiga
- Gulf Air, to Bahrain
- Iran Air, to Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- Iran Aseman Airlines, to Urmia
- Iraqi Airways, to Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaimaniyah
- Jazeera Airways, to Kuwait
- Kam Air, to Kabul
- KLM, to Amsterdam
- Korean Air, to Seoul–Incheon
- Kuwait Airways, to Kuwait
- Libyan Airlines, to Bayda, Tripoli-Mitiga, Tripoli
- LOT Polish Airlines, to Warsaw–Chopin
- Lufthansa, to Frankfurt, Seasonal: Munich
- Mahan Air, to Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- Meraj Airlines, to Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Mashhad
- Middle East Airlines, to Beirut
- Onur Air, to Adana, Amsterdam, Antalya, Berlin–Tegel, Bodrum, Chelyabinsk, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Düsseldorf, Elazığ, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa-Alanya, Grozny, Isfahan, İzmir, Malatya, Nalchik, Nicosia–Ercan, Moscow-Zhukovsky, Odessa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Samara, Samsun, Trabzon, Volgograd Adana, Amsterdam, Antalya, Berlin–Tegel, Bodrum, Chelyabinsk, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Düsseldorf, Elazığ, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa-Alanya, Grozny, Isfahan, İzmir, Malatya, Nalchik, Nicosia–Ercan, Moscow-Zhukovsky, Odessa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Samara, Samsun, Trabzon, Volgograd
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna
- Pegasus Airlines, to İzmir
- Qatar Airways, to Doha, you can book your flights here ⇐
- Qeshm Airlines, to Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- Royal Air Maroc, to Casablanca
- Royal Jordanian, to Amman–Queen Alia
- Saudia, Dammam, to Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
- SCAT Airlines, toAktau
- Singapore Airlines, to Singapore
- Somon Air, to Dushanbe
- Taban Air, to Isfahan, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- Tajik Air, to Dushanbe
- TAROM, to Bucharest
- TUI fly Belgium, to Brussels, Charleroi
- Tunisair, to Tunis
- Turkish Airlines, to Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Accra, Adana, Addis Ababa, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Ahvaz, Alexandria, Algiers, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Antananarivo, Ashgabat, Asmara, Astana, Astrakhan, Athens, Atlanta, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Bamako, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Basra, Batman, Batumi, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Billund, Bingöl, Birmingham, Bishkek, Bodrum, Bogotá, Bologna, Boston, Bremen, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cairo, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Catania, Chicago–O’Hare, Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne/Bonn, Colombo, Conakry, Constanța, Constantine, Copenhagen, Cotonou, Çanakkale, Dakar, Dalaman, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denizli, Dhaka, Diyarbakir, Djibouti, Doha, Douala, Dubai–International, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Durban, Dushanbe, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Edremit, Elazığ, Entebbe/Kampala, Erbil, Erzincan, Erzurum, Frankfurt, Ganja, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa-Alanya, Geneva, Gothenburg, Graz, Guangzhou, Hakkari, Hamburg, Hannover, Hanoi, Hatay, Havana, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Hurghada, Iğdır, Isfahan, Islamabad, İzmir, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kabul, Kahramanmaraş, Karachi, Kars, Kastamonu, Kathmandu, Kayseri, Kazan, Kharkiv, Khartoum, Kherson, Kiev–Boryspil, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa-N’djili, Konya, Košice, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Kütahya, Lagos, Lahore, Leipzig/Halle, Libreville, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Lviv, Lyon, Madrid, Mahé, Málaga, Malatya, Malé, Malta, Manchester, Manila, Maputo, Mardin, Marseille, Mashhad, Mauritius, Mazar-i-Sharif, Medina, Merzifon, Milan–Malpensa, Miami, Minsk, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Vnukovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Muş, N’Djamena, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, Nakhchivan, Naples, Nevşehir, New York–JFK, Niamey, Nice, Nicosia–Ercan, Nouakchott, Nuremberg, Odessa, Oran, Ordu-Giresun, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ouagadougou, Panama City–Tocumen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phuket, Podgorica, Porto, Prague, Pristina, Riga, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Salzburg, Samarkand (begins 16 March 2018), Samsun, San Francisco, Samara, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Sarajevo, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Sharm el-Sheikh, Shiraz, Singapore, Sinop, Sivas, Skopje, Sochi, Sofia, Stavropol, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Sulaymaniyah, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak, Tabriz, Ta’if, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tallinn, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Toulouse, Trabzon, Tunis, Turin, Ufa, Ulan Bator, Valencia, Van, Varna, Venice, Vienna, Vilnius, Voronezh, Warsaw–Chopin, Washington–Dulles, Yanbu, Yaoundé, Yekaterinburg, Zagreb, Zanzibar, Zaporizhia, Zürich
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Friedrichshafen, Gassim, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Münster/Osnabrück, Pisa
- Turkmenistan Airlines, to Ashgabat, Turkmenbashi
- Ukraine International Airlines, to Kiev–Boryspil, Lviv, Odessa
- Uzbekistan Airlines, to Samarkand (begins 30 October 2017), Tashkent
- Zagros Airlines, to Mashhad, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
- Zagrosjet, to Erbil
Istanbul Atatürk Airport shares traffic with Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, which is on the Anatolian (Asian) side of Istanbul, which had annual passenger traffic of 11.1 million in 2010 rising to 28m in 2015.
Below is the passenger data and development for Istanbul Atatürk Airport for the year 2017(Jule):
12,918,923 Domestic passengers
23,818,886 International passengers
34,738,809 Total passengers
IST ranked 17th in ACI statistics at the end of 2011 in terms of international traffic with almost 24 million international passengers. It ranked 29th in the world in terms of total passenger traffic with over 37.4 million passengers in 2011. Its total traffic within the last decade more than tripled, and its international traffic quadrupled.
Turkish Airlines has its headquarters in the Turkish Airlines General Management Building, located within the airport campus.
Onur Air has its headquarters in Technical Hangar B.
Prima Aviation Services Inc. has its MRO Facilities in new technical site at the air side Gate A.
The Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers lists Atatürk International Airport as one of the fifty civil engineering feats in Turkey, a list of remarkable engineering projects completed in the first 50 years of the chamber’s existence.
In the 2013 Air Transport News awards ceremony, İstanbul Atatürk Airport was named Airport of the Year.
Also, the airport has been named Europe’s Best Airport in the 40-50 million passenger per year category at the 2013 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
Subway Service: Metro service on the Istanbul Metro line M1A exists between Yenikapı and Atatürk International Airport. The line goes through some major parts of the European side of the city, including the intercity bus terminal.
Bus and coach
The shuttle services are operated by Havataş, which is one of the major ground handling companies within Turkey. The buses run half-hourly to Bakırköy, Yenikapı, Aksaray, Taksim Square. Municipality buses also run to Taksim, Etiler and Kozyatağı. Passenger can take city bus from Istanbul city center to airport Istanbul Atatürk(IST) & Sabiha Gökcen (SAW).
The airport is accessible through the coastal road, D-100 international road and TEM (Trans-European Motorway).
Istanbul airport parking service is available 24/7 hours. There’s enough car parking space in international and domestic terminals.
Istanbul Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airport has also long-term car parks with enough spaces for use terminals. Whether you are looking for cheap long term airport parking in Istanbul airports or the nearest long term car park to your terminal, we have best options to suit you.
Istanbul taxi fees are calculated by adding a certain fee per km to a constant initial fee. If you like, the taxi drivers may inform you before the journey about the approximate fee you are going to pay with respect to your distance. Same taxi fees are applicable 24 hours in Istanbul Atatürk airport (IST) airport & Sabiha Gökçen (SAW).
If your flight is very early in the morning or late at night or you just decided to see Istanbul a little more, you can stay in hotel that are nearby:
Conveniently located beside Ataturk Airport, within walking distance from Istanbul World Trade Centre and CNR Expo Centre, WOW Istanbul offers 5-star comfort and convenience.
It has an indoor pool on the top floor under a glass ceiling and luxurious massage treatments. Free private parking is available on site.
All guest rooms at WOW Hotel come equipped with satellite TV and a minibar. Every room has a bathroom with high-end complimentary amenities.
Restaurant Mezzaine and Choppers Point Istanbul serves and exquisite selection of Turkish and international dishes. Lobby Bar on the lobby floor is open 24-hours per day.
WOW Istanbul Hotel’s health club has a modern fitness centre and diverse beauty treatments using sea moss, honey and clay. There is also an on-site hair salon.
DTM-İstanbul Fuar Merkezi Metro Station is 200 m from the hotel, providing a direct connection to central Istanbul in 15 minutes. A free shuttle takes you to and from Ataturk Airport.
Bakirkoy is a great choice for travelers interested in food, old-town exploration and history.
Also you can find your own, better option, below.