2 Istanbul Airports: Sabiha Gökçen Airport for mainly shorter flights and the new huge international airport.
Istanbul has finished the enormous airport project. The new international airport in Istanbul is up and running in 2019.
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 honored 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.
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 kilometers from Levent, and 40 kilometers from Taksim. On the Anatolian side, total distances are 47 kilometers from Üsküdar and 52 kilometers from Kadıköy. There are also connections to the Istanbul Airport road from The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and The Northern Marmara Highway.
With its dedication to impeccable service, the new Airport serves travelers on both domestic and international flights. Presently, flights take off to 45 cities domestically; on international routes, travelers can reach 249 cities in 110 countries from the international terminal at the Airport.
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 travelers, both before and after their flights. The brand new 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 travelers, 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.
Istanbul is Turkey’s most densely populated and largest city, as well as its financial and cultural hub.
The city is located on both sides of the Bosporus Strait, which cuts the town into 2 parts. The Strait, together with the Marmara Sea and the Dardanelles, forms the water connection between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Istanbul holds great cultural treasures as well as an exciting avenue of excellent dining, characterized by the city’s central location right between Europe and Asia.
Istanbul’s population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making the city one of the absolute largest in Europe and in the world.
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