Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of the city. It served more than 37 million passengers in 2021, making it the busiest airport in Europe and the 13th busiest airport in the world in total passenger traffic. By serving more than 27 million international passengers, the 2nd-busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic.

  • Address: Tayakadın, Terminal Cad No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Phone: +90 4441442
  • Code: IST
  • Elevation: 99 m

Istanbul Airport Hotel

YOTEL Is the only hotel that you can find at the Istanbul Airport. Yotel has two locations,  the landside (Before Immigration and passport control) and the airside(Secure Transit Area, must have a valid boarding pass).

Yotel Locations

The hotels are located at Istanbul Airport, one with access to the airside and another with access from the landside. Select YOTELAIR from the side of the Arrival/boarding side when you have an international boarding pass that is valid or in transit. Select YOTEL LANDSIDE before you enter the immigration gate and/or wish to depart an early flight.

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You can easily book any room of your choice online using your credit card or any other payment method for extra comfort and cancel the booking completely free with a full refund on the site, as long as they meet the property’s cancellation policy. 

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Has the new Istanbul airport opened?

Istanbul Airport was officially inaugurated on 10/29/18, coinciding with the 95th anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic. The first flight took off on 10/31/18, while from 04/06/19, all the passenger flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport moved to the new airport. Despite not reaching its full capacity, Istanbul Airport is already fully operational.

Is Istanbul Ataturk Airport closing?

Istanbul Ataturk Airport ceased operations regarding passenger flights that Istanbul Airport now serves. The new airport has also inherited Ataturk’s IATA Code (IST). Nevertheless, Ataturk Airport is still used for cargo and general aviation and provides maintenance services.

Which is the main airport in Istanbul?

The city’s main airport is the brand new Istanbul Airport (IST, IGA). Located on the European side of Istanbul, in the Arnavutköy area, Istanbul Airport has undertaken all the passenger flights from Ataturk Airport, which now provides only cargo and general aviation services. The city’s second “minor” airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, is on the Asian side.

What are the transportation options from Istanbul airport?

The impressive new Istanbul Airport has a competent transportation system that will provide safe, multimodal transfer options to Istanbul city centre in its final form. For the moment, Istanbul airport buses run from and to the airport with a ticket ranging from 5.2₺-30₺ (0.8€-4.7€ / 0.9$-5.2$). In contrast, Istanbul airport taxis are available around the clock to reach the city centre in about 50 minutes with an average tariff of 200₺ (31.6€ / 34.7$). Eventually, the new metro line M11 will also serve Istanbul Airport, while a high-speed train will connect the new landing field to the “old” Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

How many terminals does Istanbul airport have?

Currently, Istanbul Airport has only one main terminal. However, in the long term, three more terminals, possibly smaller, are planned to be added to the airport complex.

Is Istanbul’s new airport the biggest in the world?

The new Istanbul Airport has been operational for over one year, serving more than 40 million passengers. In its final phase, approximately by 2025, the airport will be able to handle up to 200 million passengers annually, becoming the biggest airport worldwide in terms of passenger traffic.


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