Travel to Turkey: The best airport for your trip

Read article
Airports in Turkey


Visit Istanbul
, Turkey’s mega hub

The city of Istanbul is a megacity with an impressive history, in a unique geographic spot. It is located both in continental Europe and Asia and is home to more than 14.8 million citizens. That makes it by far the biggest city in the country, so it’s not surprising that a large share – between 40 and 50 percent - of the Turkish economy is centred around this megalopolis Although Istanbul is very popular among visitors, tourism here actually plays a secondary role.

Istanbul benefits from its excellent access both to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as well as its proximity to the EU countries Greece and Bulgaria and, thanks to its size, it is also an important hub for air travel. On October 29, 2018, Istanbul Airport was opened approximately 50 km northwest of the city centre (on the European side) and is currently the largest airport in the world with a total area equivalent to 2,000 football stadiums. With a capacity of 150 million passengers annually, it is set to overshadow major hubs such as Atlanta, Beijing and Dubai and become a global hub in international aviation. Istanbul-Atatürk, previously the most important airport in Turkey, finally closed its doors on October 7th, 2019, for all air traffic.

Almost 85 km away is the other Istanbul Airport, Sabiha Gökçen, on the Asian continent, which also boasts an impressive 34, 136, 516 passengers.

There are excellent connections to choose from for air travel to Turkey. In addition to Turkish Airlines (TK), Pegasus Airlines (PC) and SunExpress (XQ), Turkey is also served by numerous European low-cost airlines such as easyJet (U2), Ryanair (RYR) and Germanwings (4U).

Atatürk Airport
sabiha gokcen airport

  • Istanbul-Atatürk (IST) (now closed) – Passengers 2018: 67, 981, 446


  • Istanbul Airport (IST) – Passengers April – December 2019: 48, 230, 714

  • Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) – Passengers 2018: 34, 136, 516

  • Antalya Airport (AYT) – Passengers 2018: 31, 566, 217

  • Ankara-Esenboğa Airport (ESB) – Passengers 2018: 16, 732, 651

  • Izmir-Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) – Passengers 2018: 13, 425, 547


Antalya: Things to do
and see nearby

Antalya Airport (AYT) is the second largest airport in Turkey. With over 31.5 million passengers in 2018, it serves even more passengers than the airport in the capital of Ankara. Most passengers coming through Antalya Airport (AYT) are travellers who want to spend vacations on the so-called Turkish Riviera nearby, but it also plays an important role for Turkish citizens, due to its location in the country.

The two most important airlines providing flights to and from Antalya are Turkish Airlines and SunExpress. Both are Turkish carriers and SunExpress has its headquarters in Antalya. Due to the high popularity of the region around Antalya among German and other western European tourists, the airport is also well-connected via budget airlines. Lufthansa, Condor, Germanwings, TUIfly and Germania all offer direct flights to Antalya. The Turkish Riviera is also popular with Russian visitors, which explains why Aeroflot, Pobeda, S7 Airlines, Redwings, Ural Airlines and Utair also offer numerous flights there.

As a tourist destination to spend vacations, Antalya itself is not as popular as its airport passenger volume might suggest and mainly serves as a transit point to one of the many popular holiday areas in the north or south. Side and Alanya are particularly noteworthy and both cities offer great beaches and beautiful old towns with many historic sights. But there are also many smaller communities such as Kemer, Belek, Avsallar and Konakli which can be reached easily by bus from Antalya Airport.

Antalya Airport
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport

Izmir: Holidays with sun, sea & ancient history

Izmir-Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) is the fifth largest airport in the country in terms of passenger and air cargo volume after the two Istanbul airports, Antalya and Ankara.

Izmir itself is a very modern, cosmopolitan city which is well-connected by public transport and it hosts the second largest port of the country. There are also some beautiful sights you might want to visit, as Izmir has 5000 years of history. The Izmir Clock Tower near Yali Mosque, the Atatürk Monument on Republic Square and the Agora ruins dating from 4 th century BC are an absolute must. Kordon, Izmir´s iconic seafront, is a great place for hanging out, going for a leisurely stroll or sipping a cup of tea or Turkish coffee. It’s lined with picturesque cafes which offer a great view across the Mediterranean.

What you should also see when visiting Izmir are the lively Kemeraltı Bazaar and the Kadifekale Castle, which is located on a hill about 4 km away and offers a great panoramic view of the city, the bay and the neighbouring mountains. The bazaar district is home to the Hisar Mosque, the largest and most architecturally important mosque in Izmir, which was opened in 1597. A boat trip in the Bay of Izmir is also a fantastic experience and if you’re lucky you can even spot dolphins in the sea.

Important tourist destinations like Çeşme and Kuşadası are quite close and from Izmir you can also reach the Greek islands Samos and Chios comfortably by boat.

For lovers of ancient Greek sights with ruins, temples, amphitheatres and statues, Izmir is the perfect starting point. Ephesus, one of the most important ancient Greek towns, is just 70 km away in the south. 80 km to the north you can visit the Pergamon. Also, the idyllic coast town of Foça, which has preserved much of its original beauty, is not far away.

Latest posts

Chicago

Visit Chicago: Time to explore the Windy City

Chicago boasts world-class dining, lush parks, jaw-dropping architecture and a beach right downtown. Our local, John, gives us his top tips on where to head in the Windy City.

Iceland - Northern Lights

A magical Northern Lights holiday in Iceland

Iceland's other-worldly landscape is the perfect backdrop for the aurora borealis. Spend your 600 € on an ethereal Northern Lights holiday and discover the top spots to see this natural wonder in Reykjavik.

Arles

Wander in the footsteps of van Gogh in Arles

MYFLYRIGHT's Content Writer, Sandra, takes us on a tour of the perfect location for art-lovers: Visit the van Gogh bedroom in Arles, the photo festival Recontres d’Arles and indulge in delicious calissons.

About MYFLYRIGHT

MYFLYRIGHT is a legal tech company, specialized in the support of airline passengers affected by flight delays, flight cancellations, denied boarding, delayed or lost luggage and the refund of unused airline tickets. MYFLYRIGHT was founded 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. The company operates out of 3 offices, its headquarter in Hamburg and its branches in Prague, Czech Republic and Zaporizhia, Ukraine. Currently, MYFLYRIGHT employs a team of around 25 people working in Marketing, Operations, Legal, Customer Support and IT. The organization operates across 5 markets – Germany, United Kingdom, Romania, Austria, and Switzerland.

MYFLYRIGHT’s goal is to provide access to justice for all aviation passengers who experience irregularities in their flight transportation. Notably, 75% of all compensation requests submitted by passengers get rejected. Whereas, MYFLYRIGHT is able to successfully execute the applicable customer claims in more than 98% of cases at court.

Check your passenger rights

cancelled

Flight cancellation

Claim up to 600 €*
boarding

Denied boarding

Claim up to 600 €*

*less our commission

Latest posts

Chicago

Visit Chicago: Time to explore the Windy City

Iceland - Northern Lights

A magical Northern Lights holiday in Iceland

Arles

Wander in the footsteps of van Gogh in Arles

delayed

Flight delay

In case of a 3 hours flight delay at arrival

More Check
cancelled

Flight cancellation

In case of a cancelled flight 14 days before departure

More Check
boarding

Denied boarding

In case of overbooking / denied boarding

More Check
lost

Delayed / Lost luggage

In case of arriving without the luggage

More Check
gate-closed

Ticket refund

In case of a missed / not boarded flight

More Check
Get up to 600 €* in compensation