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Istanbul's New Airport

Istanbul has a brand new international airport, set to be the busiest in the world, and flights will begin to operate from the new airport over the weekend of 5 – 7 April 2019.

The new airport will have a capacity of up to 90 million passengers by 2021, and up to 200 million after further expansions! That’s almost double the current capacity of Atlanta’s international airport, which is currently the world’s busiest.


Visiting Istanbul?

Ataturk Airport, Istanbul’s existing international airport, will ultimately stop all commercial flights and operate for cargo only. For now, it is still operating some commercial flights.

If you’re travelling to or from Istanbul over the transition period, your airline or travel agent should provide full details of which airport you’ll be arriving at or departing from – if you’re not sure, please check!

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has notified travellers that they need to plan ahead and allow a lot of extra time during the transition to the new airport.

“All commercial passenger flights operating to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport are due to be transferred to the new Istanbul Airport between 5-7 April 2019

“During the transition period there will be a short period of time where no flights will operate from either airport, and thereafter restrictions of the frequency airlines can operate at, until the transfer is completed.

“Passengers may be affected by delays and cancellations during the transition period and for a limited period after the transfer, and should contact their airline for further information.

“If you’re travelling from Istanbul Airport, we recommend that you plan to arrive well in advance of your flight’s scheduled departure time, in case of possible delays reaching the airport.

“Once the transfer is completed, the IATA airport code IST will apply to Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Ataturk will acquire IATA airport code ISL.”