Flights to Istanbul, Turkey
Passengers who purchase a flight to Istanbul can land in two different airports: Atatürk Airport, on the European side, and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, on the Asian side of the city.
The main airport for those who want to fly to Istanbul is the one named after the first President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The second airport in the city is mainly used by companies that operate cheap flights to Istanbul and is named after the first woman in the world who became pilot of fighter aircraft: Sabiha Gökçen, Atatürk’s daughter.
In recent years, both Turkish Airlines and the two airports in Istanbul are on top of the world rankings with regard to growth rates. In particular, Sabiha Gökçen Airport records an increase by 22-23% in the number of passengers in transit yearly: these are mainly business travellers who need to reach the new Teknopark Istanbul, a technological centre (the Turkish Silicon Valley) where thousands of companies and multinationals and nearly a dozen universities are opening their offices.
Istanbul-Atatürk Airport - IST
Istanbul Atatürk Airport, located in Yeşilköy, on the European side of the city, is the eighth European airport by number of passengers. The airport has four terminals, 2 for passenger flights, one for cargos and one for general aviation and in particular for State flights, tourism and civil protection.
At Terminal 1 land national flights operated by national and low cost Turkish airlines. Cheap flights to Istanbul are operated by Atlasjet on the Antalya-Istanbul route, Onur Air with Bodrum-Istanbul flights and Pegasus Airlines on Istanbul-Ankara route. At Terminal 1 land also flights by the national carrier Turkish Airlines, which operates on more than thirty routes including Izmir-Istanbul, Adana-Istanbul, Gaziantep-Istanbul and Konya-Istanbul.
At Terminal 2, instead, land international flights to the Turkish capital. All major global carriers offer flights to Istanbul: Aeroflot with Moscow-Istanbul flights, Air France on the Paris-Istanbul route, Alitalia with flights from Milan to Istanbul and Rome-Istanbul flights, Aegean Airlines with Athens-Istanbul flights, British Airways on the London-Istanbul route and Lufthansa with Berlin-Istanbul flights. Terminal 2 is dedicated to intercontinental flights operated by Asian Airlines and Korean Air on the route Seoul-Istanbul and Delta Air Lines for New York-Istanbul flights.
The airport on the European side of Istanbul is very close to the centre, so all the hotels in Istanbul are easily reachable within a few minutes. One of the closest hotels to Atatürk Airport is the 5-star WOW Istanbul Hotel with indoor pool and spa. Very easy to reach from the airport is also the Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul, a 5-star hotel located just 2 km away from Atatürk International Airport.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport – SAW
The Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located on the Asian side of the city. Built in support to Atatürk Airport, the Sabiha Gökçen Airport was recently renovated. In the coming years it will become more and more of primary importance, especially for business travellers who need to reach the new technological centre: Teknopark Istanbul.
For this reason, Alitalia has recently launched a new daily flight to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The airport is mainly used by low cost airlines such as Air One on the Venice-Istanbul route, easyJet with low cost flights from London to Istanbul, Germanwings on the Berlin-Istanbul route, Spainair from Madrid and Wizz Air with flights Budapest-Istanbul.
Even low cost Turkish airlines use Sabiha Gökçen Airport: AnadoluJet with flights to Istanbul from twenty Turkish cities, Freebird Airlines with charter flights from Madrid and Tehran and Pegasus Airlines, which connects the main German cities to the Turkish capital.
Inside Sabiha Gökçen International Airport there is a hotel, the ISG Airport Hotel that offers flight check-in service at the reception. A little more than 5-7 kilometres away from the airport, in the area of Pendik, on the seashore, there are several hotels, such as The Green Park Pendik Hotel & Convention Center, a 5-star hotel with swimming pools and 7 restaurants.
How to reach Istanbul from Atatürk e Sabiha Gökçen Airports
The most convenient way to reach the centre of Istanbul from Atatürk Airport, is to take the subway towards Aksaray, which stops at the station located directly inside the airport. Several bus companies and public transport lines guarantee connection between Atatürk Airport and the city centre.
If you prefer to drive to the centre of Istanbul, instead, with Traveleurope you can rent a car at Istanbul airport and deliver it at one of the certified car rental agencies in the Turkish capital. Sabiha Gökçen Airport, however, is less than 40 kilometres away from downtown Istanbul.
The airport is connected by shuttle bus to the historical centre of the city with a stop in Taksim Square.
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, largest city proper and second largest metropolitan area in Europe, and fourth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.6 million. Istanbul is the cultural and financial center of Turkey. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul...Source : en.wikipedia.org