Airports in Turkey

Turkey is a country on two continents, right between Europe and Asia. This was the reason to establish connections from all parts of the country to the rest of the world. Turkey has 35 international airports, so be sure you will reach your destination without much trouble. Check out short descriptions and decide which one is the best for you.

Istanbul Airport – IATA code IST

~ 52 Mio. passengers

Istanbul Airport is an international airport that opened in 2019 and replaced the former Attaturk Airport. Currently, the airport handles about 50 million passengers per year, but once all the construction plans are finished, it will be able to handle 200 million passengers. The airport serves as a hub for Onur Air and Turkish Airlines. The airport is also located on the European side, not at the same location as Attaturk Airport, but in Arnavutkoy district. To reach the city centre from the airport, passengers have multiple means of transport on offer, including a shuttle bus that takes around 45 minutes.

Pendik/Istanbul Airport – IATA code SAW

~ 35 Mio. passengers

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is one of the two international airports serving Turkey’s largest city. It is situated on the Asian side of the country and serves as a hub for Pegasus Airlines  and as a base for Turskish Airlines and Borajet. It is named after the first female combat pilot in Turkey, Sabiha Gökçen. Since this is a small airport for the area of Istanbul, many tourists are interested in reaching the New Istanbul Airport from here. The journey takes more than 2 hours and unfortunately there is no direct connection, it is necessary to change several means of transport.

Antalya Airport – IATA code AYT

~ 35 Mio. passengers

Antalya Airport is an international airport 13km northeast of the city centre. It is an extremely important airport, especially during the summer season for its location on the Mediterranean coast. It is country’s third and Europe’s fifteenth busiest airport. It has two international terminal, due to the fact that the 70% of the passengers are foreigners, and one domestic terminal. Due to its importance during tourist season, Antalya is well-connected both to the city and other parts of region. You can check them all  here.

Ankara Airport – IATA code ESB

~ 15 Mio. passengers

Ankara Esenboğa Airport is an international airport serving the capital of Turkey, Ankara. It is country’s fourth busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. It is located 28km away from the centre of Ankara. Due to its vicinity to the city, the airport is well-connected to it by Havaş Shuttle or by intercity bus line 442. Approximately 280 aircrafts land and take off Ankara Esenboga Airport daily by more than 20 airlines.


Izmir Airport – IATA code ADB

~ 13 Mio. passengers

Izmir Airport known also as Adnan Menderes Airport is an international airport for the city of Izmir and the surrounding province in Turkey. It is name after Turkish prime minister Adnan Menderes. The airport is on a distance of 18km southwest of the city centre. It features mostly charter and seasonal flights to European metropolitan cities.

Adana Airport – IATA code ADA

~ 5.4 Mio. passengers

Adana Airport known also as Şakirpaşa Airport is an international airport serving the area of the Adana city and its surrounding Çukurova region. It is Turkish 6th busiest airport located only 2.5km of the historical city centre. The airport offers flights to 23 destinations both to Europe and Asia.

Dalaman Airport – IATA code DLM

~ 4.4 Mio. passengers

Dalaman airport is an international airport and one of the three airports serving the area of south-west Turkey. It has two terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights. It features flights to over 120 destinations worldwide.

Muğla / Bodrum Airport – IATA code BJV

~ 4 Mio. passengers

Milas-Bodrum Airport is an international airport serving the area of Turkish towns Bodrum and Milas. The airport is 36km east of Bodrum and 16km south of Milas. It provides connection to many European and Asian metropolitan destinations.

Trabzon Airport – IATA code TZX

~ 3.4 Mio. passengers

Trabzon Airport is an international airport near the city of Trabzon in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. It features charter and seasonal flights to European destinations.

Gaziantep / Oğuzeli Airport – IATA code GZT

~ 2.5 Mio. passengers

Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport is a public commercial airport in Gaziantep. It is located 20km away from the city centre. It features flights to several destinations in Germany and Turkey.


Kayseri Airport – IATA code ASR – (~ 2 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Erkilet International Airport, Kayseri Erkilet Airport
  • Nearby cities: Talas, Molu, Tavlusun, Göreme
  • To Kayseri city from the airport: shuttle bus – 30min

Samsun / Çarşamba Airport – IATA code SZF – (~ 1.7 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Tekkeköy, Sarıtaş, Alanlı
  • To Samsun city from the airport: shuttle bus – 60min

Van Airport – IATA code VAN – (~ 1.4 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Ferit Melen Airport
  • Nearby cities: Edremit, Erciş, Muradiye
  • To Van city from the airport: shuttle bus – 30min

Hatay / Antakya – IATA code HTY – (~ 1.2 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: /
  • Nearby cities: Enek, Samandağ, Avsuyu
  • To Antakya city from the airport: public bus – 15min

Antalya / Alanya Airport – IATA code GZP- (~ 0.9 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Gazipaşa-Alanya Airport
  • Nearby cities: Gazipaşa, Anamur, Alanya, Kargıcak, Kestel
  • To Gazipaşa city from the airport: shuttle bus – 40min

Malatya Airport – IATA code MLX – (~ 0.5 Mio. passengers)

  • Also called: Malatya Erhaç Airport
  • Nearby cities: Adıyaman, Elbistan, Elazığ
  • To Malatya city from the airport: shuttle bus – 30min

Turkish airports with less than 100.000 passengers per year:

  • Zafer Airport – IATA code KZR
  • Yenişehir Airport – IATA code YEI
  • Anadolu Airport – IATA code AOE

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