Airports in Turkey

Adnan Menderes

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB):www.adnanmenderesairport.com The airport is located 18 km (11 miles) southwest of Izmir. 

To/from the airport: Trains and the local metro trains stop at the airport. There are frequent buses and taxis. 

Facilities: Bank, ATMs and a bureau de change, first aid clinics and a prayer room, Wi-Fi hotspots (not free).

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Antalya

Antalya Havalimani Airport (AYT) is the closest airport to the Turkish Riviera. Just eight miles (13km) from Antalya, this airport is the best pick for holidaymakers off to spend some well-earned days basking in the sun on one of Turkey’s fantastic Mediterranean beaches.

Antalya Havalimani Airport is well-equipped for an airport of its size. Passengers can enjoy a number of shopping and duty-free facilities at the airport in both the arrivals and departures terminals. Many of the shops are open 24 hours a day and some of the sales staff are multi-lingual.

The best thing about Antalya’s airport is that it caters for visitors on a budget; loads of budget airlines operate in and out of Antalya Havalimani Airport, particularly during the summer holidays. Holidaymakers booking flights to Antalya Havalimani Airport will find cheap deals with low-cost carriers such as easyJet. There is also a range of charter flights to Antalya Airport – the perfect way to jet off for a fun-filled vacation in the sun.

Perhaps the number of two-week tourists passing through this airport every year has made it slightly less friendly and more of a money-making enterprise, however. The Antalya airport often gets bad reviews for the unfriendliness of its staff and the food prices are a little steep. However, passengers flying to Antalya Airport can take comfort in the relaxing vacation that starts once you’re out of the airport itself.

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Ataturk International

Ataturk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul claims to be the airport serving the most non-European routes in 2011. Like Istanbul, Ataturk Airport is a meeting-point between east and west. Ataturk International Airport is a major air hub for the region and is one of the top 20 busiest airports in the world.

Passengers traveling through Ataturk International Airport will be pleased to know that the airport has a great selection of duty-free shops including tobacconists, perfume shops and many name brand stores such as Hugo Boss, D&G, DKNY, Dior, Armani, Gucci, Guess and Prada. What better way to keep yourself entertained between flights or while waiting for your flight than to embark on a shopping extravaganza?

Most airlines from across the world offer flights to Istanbul. Low-cost carriers such as Atlasjet, Pegasus Airlines, IZair and Sky Airlines all offer cheap flights to Ataturk International Airport. Ataturk is also the main hub for the national carrier Turkish Airlines, which flies to destinations including Amsterdam, Birmingham, Cape Town and Chicago as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, and Paris.

The airport was designed with Istanbul’s unique East-meets-West history in mind. This is particularly evident in the architecture of the building, such as the intricate mosaic tiling of the airport floors. It serves as a great introduction to the beautiful Ottoman architecture in Istanbul.

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Dalaman

Dalaman International Airport (DLM):www.atmairport.aero The airport is located 5.5 km (3 miles) south of Dalaman Town.

To/from the airport: It’s a long walk or taxi into Dalaman.

Facilities: Banks, ATMs and post office, business centres, medical and first-aid, prayer rooms, Wi-Fi.

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Sabiha Gokcen

Named after the world’s first female combat pilot, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) is located 22 miles (35 km) south-east of the center of Istanbul, on the Asian side of the bi-continental city. Built in response to ever rising numbers of visitors to Istanbul, the airport handled about 11 million passengers in 2010.

Comprising one newly built terminal for both international and domestic arrivals and departures, Sabiha Gokcen International has a capacity of 25 million passengers (which it expects to reach by 2023) and a host of shops, facilities and services that are on par with global standards. In 2010, it was awarded the title “World’s Best Airport” at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London.   

With a light rail link scheduled to be completed at the end of 2011 (reducing traveling time to the city to 29 minutes), as well as an extensive array of existing transport options available to and from the city, Sabiha Gokcen International is a convenient gateway to Istanbul and surrounds. Moreover, friendly and efficient staff make it a pleasure to visit. 

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