Istanbul has got three airports. The first is Ataturk International Airport. The second is Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. The construction of a third international airport is finished and started to operate by the end of 2018. This will be the largest airport in Europe with 6 runways and a capacity of 200 million passengers per year in 2027.
Ataturk International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Turkey. This airport is named after the first president of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The airport is located in the European side of Istanbul about 23 km from the center of the city. Public transportation or taxis are available 24 hours a day to and from the city center. This airport is closed to air traffic since April/2019
Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, about 50 km east of the city center. Sabiha Gokcen was the first female pilot in Turkey, and she was the adopted daughter of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The airport has got an international and national terminal.
Istanbul International Airport is one of the largest airports in the world and contains the most modern technologies. The airport is situated northwest of the city in the district of Arnavutkoy. The distance to the center of Istanbul is about 50 km and easy to reach by car, taxi or public transportation.