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Istanbul Atatürk Airport

İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı
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Airport type Public
Owner General Directorate of State Airports (DHMİ)
Operator TAV Airports
Serves Istanbul, Turkey
Location Yeşilköy, Bakırköy, Turkey
Opened 1912 (as airfield)
1953 (as airport)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 163 ft / 50 m
Coordinates 40°58′34″N 028°48′51″E / 40.97611°N 28.81417°E / 40.97611; 28.81417Coordinates: 40°58′34″N 028°48′51″E / 40.97611°N 28.81417°E / 40.97611; 28.81417
ISL is located in Istanbul
Location within Istanbul
ISL is located in Turkey
ISL (Turkey)
ISL is located in Europe
ISL (Europe)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,000 9,843 Concrete
17R/35L 3,000 9,843 Concrete
05/23 2,580 8,465 Grooved Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Total passengers 67,981,446
International passengers 48,811,305

Atatürk International Airport (formerly Yesilkoy International Airport) is the major international airport in Turkey. It is in the European part of Istanbul. In 2010, about 32 million passengers used Atatürk Airport. It was the 8th busiest airport in Europe in 2010.

The airport has three terminals – Terminal 1 for international passengers, 2 for domestic passengers, and 3 for cargo. Atatürk Airport has three runways - runways 3000x45m (17L/35R & 17R/35L) and runway 2600x60m (05/23).

To get to the city center from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST), there is a light rail service, airport shuttle service, municipal buses, taxi, or hire cars.

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