Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST/LTBA)

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Modern airport, modern Istanbul, old Istanbul – typified by the Blue Mosque. This is a city that needs no introduction.

Major reasons to serve this airport

  • Istanbul as Turkey’s cultural and financial centre, extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosporus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents.
  • Istanbul has always been the centre of the country’s economic life because of its location as an international junction of land and sea trade routes. The opening of specific markets in the city during the 1980s further strengthened the city’s economic status.
  • Istanbul ranks as the 27th top global business location in the world hosting regional headquarters of over 115 international conglomerates. In addition, 18,000 companies with foreign capital operate in Istanbul. With its booming economy, Istanbul is becoming a global business hub.
  • Istanbul is also Turkey’s largest industrial centre. 30% of the total economic activities in Turkey take place in Istanbul, positioning the city as the financial capital of the country.
  • Istanbul is one of the most important tourism centres in Turkey. There are thousands of hotels and other tourist oriented businesses in the city, catering to both vacationers and visiting professionals. In 2015 a total of 36.8 million tourists visited Turkey, most of whom entered the country through the airports and seaports of Istanbul and Antalya. Istanbul is also one of the world’s major conference destinations and is an increasingly popular choice for the world’s leading international associations.
  • Istanbul is becoming increasingly colourful in terms of its rich social, cultural, and commercial activities. While world famous pop stars fill stadiums, activities like opera, ballet and theatre continue throughout the year. During seasonal festivals, world famous orchestras, chorale ensembles, concerts and jazz legends can be found often playing to a full house. The Istanbul International Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals in Europe, while the Istanbul Biennial is another major event of fine arts.

Marketing and other support

Please download the Istanbul Ataturk Airport Brochure.

17 million (from whom Forbes found 35 billionaires) live within two hours of Atatürk

Airport Catchment area

  • 30 min: 5.5 million
  • 1 hour: 10 million
  • 2 hours: 20 million
Istanbul Atatürk Airport freight

Istanbul’s ancient trading traditions continue in a 21st Century context – over half of Turkey’s $100 billion+ import/exports are made by Istanbul-based companies. The Istanbul World Trade Centre is only minutes away from the airport.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Istanbul is the “industrial center” of Turkey. The economy in Istanbul constitutes 30% of the Turkish GDP and the household income is about 20% higher than the country average. In addition, the city generates 55% of Turkey’s trade and 45% of the country’s wholesale trade, and generates 21.2% of Turkey’s gross national product. Istanbul contributes 46% of all taxes collected in Turkey and produces 27.5% of Turkey’s national product. Many of Turkey’s major manufacturing plants are located in the city. Istanbul and its surrounding province produce Cotton, Fruit, Olive oil, Silk, and Tobacco. Food processing, textile production, oil products, rubber, metal ware, leather, chemicals, electronics, glass, machinery, paper and paper products and alcoholic drinks are among the city’s major industrial products. Istanbul’s ancient trading traditions continue in a 21st Century context – over half of Turkey’s $100 billion+ import/exports are made by Istanbul-based companies. The Istanbul World Trade Centre is only minutes away from the airport.

Atatürk's modern facilities are still very close to downtown – it's just 30 minutes to the city centre by metro.

There's no shortage of shiny new infrastructure at Atatürk – land or airside.


Nearby cities:

  • Bursa (243 km)
  • İzmit (111 km)
  • Çanakkale (320 km)
  • Tekirdağ (132 km)
  • Kırklareli (211 km)
  • Edirne (230 km)

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 3 runways (2×3,000 and 1×2,600)
  • Slot Coordinated?: Yes
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals (Number, type and last major refurbishment): 2 terminals (1 domestic & 1 international)
  • Min. connect time: 45 minutes (DD), 1 hour (DI & ID & II)
  • International Terminal Area: 314,000 m²
  • Domestic Terminal Area: 63,000 m²
  • Indoor Car Park Capacity: 7,076 vehicles
  • Outdoor Car Park Capacity: 1,034 vehicles
  • Check-in Desks: 352
  • Passport Control Desks: 90
  • Boarding Bridges: 46
  • Bus Gates: 25
  • Number of F&B Outlets: 68
  • Catering Area: 15,675 m²
  • Number of Duty Free Stores: 41
  • Duty Free Area: 8,000 m²

Vital statistics

Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) 2015 2016 Change
Domestic International Total Domestic International Total Domestic International Total
IST Pax 19,333,873 41,998,251 61,332,124 19,133,533 41,281,937 60,415,470 -1% -2% -1%
IST ATM 132,873 314,071 446,944 129,608 318,355 447,963 -2% 1% 0%
IST Freight (tonnes) 222,649 1,532,075 1,754,724 205,090 1,701,938 1,907,028 -8% 11% 9%
Data Source:


2017 DHMI Airport Tariff Charges