Istanbul Ataturk (IST) Airport

Istanbul Ataturk IST Airport Overview

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport IST - presently Europe's eighth-busiest airport - is named in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder and the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Ataturk International is one of two Istanbul airports - the other is the smaller Sabiha Gokcen Airport located at Istanbul's Anatolian (Asian) side.
If you come to the City to see the sites, stay a few days at least. You will find not only the tourist sites breathtaking, but its people fascinating and engaging and the food to be a culinary adventure. Ataturk Airport was selected as 'Best Airport for Business Travellers [within Europe]', as well as 'Fastest Growing Airport' (according to Euro Annies 2013) and finally given the  'Airport of the Year' award.

IST Airport is located in Yesilkoy, on the European side of the city - 28 km from downtown Istanbul, the great and historic city on the Bosporus where two continents and East and West meet. You can reach the Airport by coastal road 'Ataturk Havalimani Cd', connecting to the north motorway D-100 and the TEM (Trans-European Motorway). 

With three runways and an estimated yearly passenger count of 50 million, Istanbul Ataturk Airport is hub to Turkish Airlines and Onur Air, and is served by many major international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.  

The TAV Call Center has been set up for all passenger questions and complaints - simply dial 444 9 828 (828 stands for TAV).
The HAVAS Call Center has been set up for passenger inquiries regarding lost baggage & transfer services- simply dial 444 0 487 (487 stands for HAVAS).

On-Airport Hotels:
1. 'Instanbul Airport Hotel'
(tel. +90 212 465 4030) is right next door, attached to the International Terminal at its left side.
2. 'TAV Hotel' (tel. +90 (212) 465 4030 or visit is situated partly at airside, and partly at land-side with a total of 131 rooms; all rooms show flight information, with internet access & can be used on a daily or hourly basis.  The land-side included fully-equipped meeting rooms, convertible into one single room.

Istanbul Airport has a Domestic & an International Terminal.

Future Airport developments:  1. Turkish Airlines - the country's flagship airline - intends to increase its passenger rate by over 80 percent during 2015,  including international routes to San Francisco, Porto, Bari, Manila, Tapei, Abuja & Luanda.
   2. In November 2014 it was announced that a $94M expansion of the international terminal with 8 new boarding bridges, extension of the carpark, & a new apron for 26 aircraft is to be completed within 16 months after commencement.  However, a news report of March 2015 pointed out that since both the current & future airports share the same air space,  'Ataturk Airport will close upon Havalimani Airport's official opening'  - making not much sense for an $94M expansion of the present terminal.
  3. A new airport (Istanbul Yeni Havalimani) is to be built on mostly state-owned land in the Arnavutkkoy district of Istanbul, near Lake Terkos - at intersecting roads of Arnavutkoy, Gokturk & Catalca - about 35 km from Ataturk Airport.  While the new EUR 10.2B airport  may still be under design, it is to have 3 runways, and an initial capacity of handling 60-million passenger annually upon targeted opening day of October 29, 2017.  Further two expansion phases are to increase passenger capacity to 80M, and eventually to 150M passengers annually.  It may be noted that grave environmental considerations may still put a monkeywrench into the project.

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