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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 '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).

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 airporthotelistanbul.com) 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 two passenger terminals - Domestic &  International.

Future Airport developments:  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.   First stage of construction will start in 2017 (42 months after finalization of tender approval) with the first of four 4 stages.  Once completed, the new Airporrt is  to accommodate 150 million passengers a year, and will include  the main terminal with a 90 million passenger capacity, secondary terminal (or satellite), 88 passenger bridges, parking garage, 3 runways, large apron, 3 technical blocks, air traffic conrol tower, VIP Lounged, and other related facilities.






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