New Istanbul Airport
Are you traveling to Istanbul soon? Here’s what you need to know about the New Istanbul Airport!
Istanbul’s new airport was officially opened on the 29th of October 2018, which also marked the 95th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The new airport, named Istanbul Airport (ISL) , is built to be one of the biggest airports in the world and estimated to be 3.5 times as big as Beijing Airport. .
Right now the flights at Istanbul Airport are limited to a few domestic and international lines. Once opened for international flights in 2019, it will be able to handle up to 90 million passengers a year, and its capacity will rise to 200 million passengers per year by 2028 after all the construction is completed.
Will I fly to Ataturk Airport(IST) or Istanbul Airport(ISL)?
A lot of people who are planning to visit Istanbul at the beginning of 2019 have the same question in mind: Which airport am I flying in? According to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the expected date for flights to land the new airport has been postponed to March 2019.
Until March 2019 Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) will be still operating as the main airport of Istanbul. The move will be completed gradually while it will be ensured that the services given to passengers will not be interrupted. So even if you have booked a flight for ISL Airport for January or February 2019, it is very likely that you will be still landing to Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST). On the other hand, Turkish Airlines already started a couple of international flights to and from Kuwait, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow, Tbilisi, Ercan, Ashgabad and Baku so make sure to check your ticket carefully to avoid any misunderstanding.
Very recently the general director of state airports administration has announced the gradual shift from Atatürk Airport to the new Istanbul Airport to be completed on March 3.
Where is the Istanbul Airport located?
The new airport is located in Arnavutkoy, on the European part of Istanbul. It is 40 km away from Istanbul Ataturk Airport and 45 km from the city center(Sultanahmet).
As of January 2019, the metro lines to Istanbul Airport are still under construction. Public buses (IETT) and private shuttles (Havaist) are scheduled to carry passengers to the current flights. You can check the timetables and prices below:
Both shuttles and public busses accept Istanbul Transportation Card only, so make sure to get one before you proceed to buses. You can read our blog post Istanbul Card: The Art of travelling in Istanbul for further information on the transportation card.
What is the best way to stay connected during my Turkey trip?
If you would like to have internet connection as soon as you set foot to Istanbul make sure to have your Alldaywifi pocket WiFi reserved. With no roaming charges, no need to remove your sim card out of your phone, and fast speeds, Alldaywifi is a great, compact device to share internet connection with up to 10 phones, laptops and tablets.
As Turkey’s leading pocket wifi provider Alldaywifi.com, we make sure that we will be providing you with unlimited internet in Istanbul Airport as well. Our transfer and delivery team at Istanbul Ataturk Airport are still operating, and we will be offering our services at Istanbul Airport from the moment the international flights begin.