Straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, the city of Istanbul, is a magical place.
The first phase of the Istanbul Airport, which is the largest infrastructure project in the history of the Turkish Republic, opened for service on October 29, 2018; since April 6th 2019, the airport is operational with all units and at full capacity.
Covering an area of 76,5 million square meters, the new airport serves as a global hub between Asia, Africa and Europe.
Istanbul Airport has been honoured with one of Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle awards in the ‘Outstanding Innovation’ category. The publication, which is among the most prestigious in the global tourism sector, picked Istanbul Airport for its ‘Special Achievement Award’ . Once all phases of the airport are operational, the facility is expected to achieve a capacity of 200 million passengers.
Where is the Istanbul Airport?
Located on the European side of Istanbul, by the Black Sea shore, the new airport is situated at the junction of Çatalca-Göktürk-Arnavutköy, between the Tayakadın and Akpınar villages. The Istanbul Airport can be easily accessed by public transportation such as busses and airport transfer shuttles, as well as taxi and private vehicles. On the European side, the airport is 36 kilometres from Levent, and 40 kilometres from Taksim. On the Anatolian side, total distances are 47 kilometres from Üsküdar and 52 kilometres from Kadıköy. There are also connections to the Istanbul Airport road from The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and The Northern Marmara Highway.
Flights to and from the Istanbul Airport
With its dedication to impeccable service, the Istanbul Airport serves travellers on both domestic and international flights. Presently, flights take off to 45 cities domestically; on international routes, travellers can reach 249 cities in 110 countries from the international terminal at the Istanbul Airport.
Luxury Stores, Duty Free and Special Passenger Services
The Istanbul Airport features a Duty-Free area of 53,000 square meters with world famous brands and stores. Drawing its design inspiration from the Bosporus and featuring a mix of distinguished brands as well as a modern retail concept, the Duty-Free area will offer a pleasant shopping experience to travellers, both before and after their flights. The Istanbul Airport takes travel comfort to the next level with a varied selection of services, while its cafes and restaurants offer a selection of tastes from Turkish and world cuisine. In addition to the unmatched shopping experience awaiting travellers, another feature of the new airport, which will turn trips into an unforgettable experience is the special passenger services. İGA Pass encompass, among other offers: fast access checkpoints, buggies, special receptions of incoming and departing passengers, lounge areas and vale services, ensuring a pleasant business trip.