Istanbul Airport (IST)

Istanbul Airport (Turkish: İstanbul Havalimanı, IATA: IST, ICAO: LTFM) is the larger of two international airports serving Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of the city. The second airport of Istanbul (Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport) is located on the Asian side.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights were transferred from Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport on 6 April 2019, following the closure of Atatürk Airport for scheduled passenger flights. The IATA airport code IST was also transferred to the new airport.

It served more than 64 million passengers in 2022, making it the busiest airport in Europe and 7th-busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and, by serving more than 48 million international passengers, the 5th-busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic according to ACI World traffic values. It serves up to 114 countries and is the hub for Turkish Airlines. It is estimated to be the second largest greenhouse gas emitter in Turkey.


The size of the main terminal building is 1.3 million m2. The terminal building, which received LEED certification in 2020, is the largest building in the world to have this certificate.

The airport has a total of 6 runways, 3.5-4 km long, suitable for landing and takeoff of large aircraft, 5 runways perpendicular to the Black Sea and 1 runway running parallel to the Black Sea.

Thanks to these runways, the largest F-code passenger planes, Airbus A380 and Boeing 747, can land in the area.

The air traffic control tower, whose foundations were laid in October 2016 and designed as 90 meters high and 17 floors, won the 2016 International Architecture Award with its tulip-shaped design.

The airport has a parking lot with a capacity of 40,000 vehicles. Additionally, a hotel called Yotel with 451 cabins operates within the airport. A courthouse was opened at the airport in February 2020.

Main destinations

  • Aegean Airlines: Athens
  • Aeroflot: MoscowSheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Yekaterinburg
  • Afriqiyah Airways: Misrata, Tripoli–Mitiga
  • Air Albania: Tirana
  • Air Algérie: Algiers, Annaba, Constantine, Oran
  • Air Arabia: Fès, Sharjah
  • Air Astana: Almaty, Astana, Atyrau
  • Air Baltic: Riga
  • Air Cairo Charter: Sharm El Sheikh
  • Air China: Beijing
  • Air France: ParisCharles de Gaulle

  • Air Montenegro: Podgorica, Tivat
  • Air Serbia: Belgrade, Kraljevo, Niš
  • Ariana Afghan Airlines: Kabul
  • Arkia: Tel Aviv
  • Armenian Airlines: Yerevan
  • Asiana Airlines: Seoul–Incheon
  • ATA Airlines: Tabriz, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • Azerbaijan Airlines: Baku
  • Azimuth: Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Vnukovo, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi
  • Belavia: Minsk
  • Berniq Airways: Benghazi, Tripoli–Mitiga
  • BH Air Charter: Sofia
  • British Airways: London–Heathrow
  • Caspian Airlines: Tabriz, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • China Eastern Airlines: Shanghai–Pudong
  • China Southern Airlines: Beijing–Daxing
  • Crown Airlines: Tripoli–Mitiga
  • Dan Air: Bucharest–Otopeni, Craiova
  • EasyJet: Manchester
  • Egyptair: Cairo
  • Emirates: Dubai–International
  • Ethiopian Airlines: Addis Ababa

  • Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi
  • European Air Charter Charter: Sofia
  • IndiGo: Delhi, Mumbai
  • IrAero: Kazan, Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nalchik, Sochi, Stavropol, Ufa, Vladikavkaz
  • Iran Air: Isfahan, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • Iran Airtour: Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • Iran Aseman Airlines: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • Iraqi Airways: Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Kirkuk, Najaf, Sulaimaniyah
  • Israir Airlines: Tel Aviv
  • Jazeera Airways: Kuwait
  • Jordan Aviation: Amman–Queen Alia
  • Kam Air: Kabul
  • Karun Airlines: Ahvaz
  • KLM: Amsterdam
  • Korean Air: Seoul–Incheon
  • Kuwait Airways: Kuwait
  • Libyan Airlines: Tripoli–Mitiga
  • Libyan Wings: Tripoli–Mitiga
  • LOT Polish Airlines: Kraków, Warsaw–Chopin
  • Lufthansa: Frankfurt
  • Mahan Air: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • MedSky Airways: Misrata, Tripoli–Mitiga
  • Meraj Airlines: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines: Ulaanbaatar
  • Middle East Airlines: Beirut
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle: Oslo
  • Nouvelair: Sfax, Tunis
  • Oman Air: Muscat
  • Pakistan International Airlines: Islamabad, Lahore
  • Pegas Fly Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
  • Pegasus Airlines: İzmir
  • Pobeda: Kazan, Makhachkala, Moscow–Vnukovo, Vladikavkaz, Volgograd
  • Red Wings Airlines: Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Makhachkala, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Zhukovsky, Nalchik, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Perm, Samara, Stavropol, Tyumen, Ufa, Vladikavkaz, Yekaterinburg
  • Rossiya Airlines: Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg

  • Royal Air Maroc: Casablanca, Tangier
  • S7 Airlines: Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
  • SalamAir: Muscat
  • SCAT Airlines: Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Shymkent
  • Sichuan Airlines: Chengdu–Tianfu
  • Singapore Airlines: Singapore
  • Southwind Airlines: Minsk
  • Taban Air: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • TAROM: Bucharest–Otopeni
  • Thai Airways International: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
  • Transavia: Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Orly
  • Tunisair: Tunis
  • Turkmenistan Airlines: Ashgabat
  • Ural Airlines: Moscow-Zhukovsky
  • Uzbekistan Airways: Bukhara, Fergana, Samarqand, Tashkent, Urgench
  • Yazd Air: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
  • Wizz Air: Budapest, Iași, London–Gatwick, London–Luton

How to get to?


The airport is serviced from the city by public İETT and Havaist buses.

Car and taxi

The airport is reachable by car from the O-7 motorway and/or D.020 highway.

Istanbul city taxis are available 24 hours a day outside the arrival and departure areas of the airport. A trip to Istanbul city centre by taxi takes approximately 40 minutes.


The M11 (Istanbul Metro) M11 metro line was opened on 22 January 2023, with initial operations running to Kağıthane, skipping the Terminal 2 station. Extensions to Halkalı on the Marmaray rail line and Gayrettepe are under construction.


Mainline railway will connect the airport to Çatalca and Halkalı, and via outer city bypass running over the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge across the Bosporus and connecting with the Anatolian rail network at Gebze.

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