Istanbul Airport (IST) is one of the most modern and largest airports in the world, situated northwest of the city in the district of Arnavutköy.

The airport was officially opened by the Turkish president Erdogan on 29 October 2018, the national day in Turkey. In the weekend of 6 April 2019 it replaced Istanbul Atatürk Airport as the primary passenger airport serving Istanbul.

The airport is the second largest in the world (potentially) after Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai. Today, the airport can handle 90 million passengers per year. In the future, Istanbul New Airport will be able to handle 200 million passengers per year. The national flag carrier Turkish Airlines is responsible for 80% of the total number of flights at Istanbul Airport.

Istanbul New Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul, the second airport of the city Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW) is located on the Asian side. It is located northwest of the city. The national road D20 is a short distance from the airport, making it easy to reach the airport by car.

The Departures hall of Istanbul Airport (IST) is accessible through seven entrance doors, 1 and 2 for domestic flights, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 for international flights. If you fly with Turkish Airlines you should take entrance 3, 4 or 5. The check-in desks of all other international carriers are the easiest to reach via doors 6 and 7.

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