Istanbul Airport (IST)

1. Airport Overview

2. History and Background

  • Founding Year: 2018 (opened for operations)
  • Development Timeline:
    • 2015: Construction begins
    • 2018: Airport opens for operations
    • 2019: Full transfer of operations from Atatürk Airport
  • Significant Events:
    • 2018: Grand opening ceremony with international dignitaries
    • 2019: Completion of all major construction phases for initial operational capacity

3. Facilities and Services

  • Passenger Services:
    • Lounges: Turkish Airlines Lounge, IGA Lounge, SkyTeam Lounge
    • Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available throughout the airport
    • Baggage Services: Lost & Found, baggage wrapping, and storage
  • Shopping and Dining:
    • Shops: Duty-free, luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and local Turkish products
    • Restaurants: Turkish Cuisine, Shake Shack, Starbucks, and more
  • Transportation:
    • Public Transport: HAVAIST shuttle buses, metro line (under construction), taxis
    • Car Rentals: Avis, Hertz, Enterprise
    • Parking: Short-term and long-term parking options, valet parking
    • Shuttles: Hotel shuttles and city shuttles available
  • Accessibility: Services for passengers with reduced mobility, accessible restrooms, dedicated assistance teams

4. Terminals and Layout

  • Terminal Information:
    • Single large terminal complex serving all flights with designated sections for international and domestic flights
  • Airport Layout Map: Interactive Map

5. Flights and Airlines

  • Airlines: Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways, and many more
  • Destinations: Over 350 destinations worldwide including New York, Tokyo, Dubai, and London
  • Flight Status: Real-time Flight Status

6. Travel Tips and Information

  • Check-In Procedures: Check-in counters open 3 hours before departure; online check-in available
  • Security: Comprehensive security procedures; separate lines for families and business travelers
  • Customs and Immigration: Passport control for international flights, customs checks for arriving international passengers

7. Hotels and Accommodation

  • On-Site Hotels:
    • YOTEL Istanbul Airport Hotel (landside and airside)
  • Nearby Hotels:
    • Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Airport Odayeri
    • Istanbul Airport Durusu Club Hotel
    • Menalo Hotel Premium Istanbul Airport

8. Airport Lounges

  • Lounge Access:
    • Turkish Airlines Lounge: Access for Turkish Airlines Business and First Class passengers, Miles&Smiles Elite and Elite Plus members
    • IGA Lounge: Access with Priority Pass membership, or for a fee
    • SkyTeam Lounge: Access for SkyTeam Business Class passengers, SkyTeam Elite Plus members
  • Lounge Amenities: Complimentary food and beverages, Wi-Fi, showers, workstations, relaxation areas

9. Business and Conference Facilities

  • Business Centers: Available in various lounges with workstations and meeting rooms
  • Meeting Rooms: Available at YOTEL Istanbul Airport Hotel

10. Airport Statistics

  • Passenger Traffic: Approximately 52 million passengers annually (as of 2021)
  • Flight Operations: Over 400,000 flight movements annually
  • Cargo: Handles over 2.5 million tons of cargo annually

11. Future Developments

  • Upcoming Projects: Expansion plans including additional terminals and runways
  • Renovation Plans: Ongoing enhancements to terminal interiors, security, and passenger facilities

12. Traveler Experiences

13. Photo Gallery

  • Images:
    • Exterior view of the terminal complex
    • Interior shots of check-in areas, lounges, and dining options
    • Aircraft on the tarmac

14. Useful Links

15. Contact and Support

  • Customer Support:
  • Feedback: Feedback form available on the official website

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