Turkey is a country on two continents, right between Europe and Asia. It is for this reason that communications were established from all over the country to the rest of the world. There are 35 international airports in Turkey, so make sure you reach your destination without any problems. Check out brief descriptions and decide which one is best for you.
The largest airports in Turkey
65.3 million passengers)
Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the main Turkish international airport serving Istanbul and its surroundings and the country’s largest airport in terms of passenger numbers. It is located 24 km west of the center of Istanbul and serves as the main center for Turkish airlines. It has two terminals and provides flights to many countries of the world. The airport is relatively young, it was opened only 15 years ago, it was awarded the Aerosol of the Year in 2012, the most comfortable international terminal in Europe, the safest airport in the Middle East and the Balkans, and much more, confirming its status as one of the European Best airports. In 2015, TAV provided services for 780,000 flights and more than 102 million passengers. This airport is ideal if you want to see a mixture of European and Asian culture in one place.
- Airport Pendik / Istanbul — code IATA SAW — (
28 million passengers)
Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is one of two international airports serving Turkey’s largest city. It is located on the Asian side of the country and serves as a hub for Pegasus Airlines and is the base for Turskish Airlines and Borajet. It is named after the first woman pilot in Turkey, Sabiha Gokcen. Since this is a small airport in the Istanbul area, many tourists are interested in getting to Ataturk Airport. The trip takes more than 2 hours and, unfortunately, there is no direct connection, you need to use several vehicles.
- Antalya Airport — code IATA AYT — (
27.7 million passengers)
Antalya Airport is an international airport, 13 km north-east of the city center. It is an extremely important airport, especially in the summer season for its location on the Mediterranean coast. This is the country’s third airport and the fifteenth busiest airport in Europe. It has two international terminals, due to the fact that 70% of passengers are foreigners and one is internal. Due to its importance during the tourist season, Antalya is well connected both with the city and with other regions of the region. You can check them on your official website.
- Ankara Airport — IATA ESB code — (
12.3 million passengers)
Ankara Esenboga Airport is an international airport serving Ankara, the capital of Turkey. This is the country’s fourth largest airport in terms of passenger traffic. It is located 28 km from the center of Ankara. Due to its proximity to the city, the airport is well connected with Havash-Shuttle or the intercity bus line 442. Approximately 280 airplanes depart and depart from Ankara Esenboga Airport every day by more than 20 airlines.
- Izmir Airport — code IATA ADB — (
12 million passengers)
Izmir Airport is also known as Adnan Menderes Airport — it is an international airport in the city of Izmir and its surrounding province in Turkey. This is the name of Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes. The airport is located 18 km south-west of the city center. It mainly includes charter and seasonal flights to European capital cities.
- Adana Airport — IATA ADA code — (
5.4 million passengers)
Adana Airport, also known as Şakirpaşa Airport, is an international airport serving the district of Adana and its surroundings in the уukurov area. This is the Turkish 6th busiest airport, located just 2.5 km from the historic city center. The airport offers flights to 23 destinations both in Europe and in Asia.
- Dalaman Airport — IATA DLM code — (
4.4 million passengers)
Dalaman Airport is an international airport and one of the three airports serving the south-western part of Turkey. It has two terminals: one for domestic and one for international flights. It offers flights to more than 120 destinations worldwide.
- Mugla / Bodrum Airport — IATA code BJV — (
3.9 million passengers)
Milas-Bodrum Airport is an international airport serving the territory of the Turkish cities of Bodrum and Milas. The airport is located 36 km east of Bodrum and 16 km south of Milas. It provides communication with many European and Asian metropolitan destinations.
- Airport Trabzon — code IATA TZX — (
3.4 million passengers)
Trabzon Airport is an international airport near the city of Trabzon in the Eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. It offers charter and seasonal flights to European destinations.
- Gaziantep / Oguzeli Airport — IATA code GZT — (
2.5 million passengers)
Gaziantep Oguzeli International Airport is a public commercial airport in Gaziantep. It is located 20 km from the city center. It offers flights to several destinations in Germany and Turkey.
Kayseri Airport — IATA ASR code — (
2 million passengers)
- Also called: Erkilet International Airport, Kayseri Erkilet Airport
- Nearby cities: Talas, Molou, Tablusun, Goreme
- To the city of Kayseri from the airport: bus — 30 minutes.
Samsun / Sharshamba Airport — IATA code SZF — (
1.7 million passengers)
- Also called: /
- Nearby cities: Tekkeköy, Sarıtaş, Alanlı
- To the city of Samsun from the airport: bus — 60 min.
Van Airport — IATA VAN code — (
1.4 million passengers)
- Also called: Ferit Melen Airport
- Nearby cities: Edremit, Ercisch, Muradiye
- To the city of Van from the airport: bus — 30 minutes
Hatay / Antakya — IATA HTY code — (
1.2 million passengers)
- Also called: /
- Nearby cities: Enek, Samandag, Avsou
- To the city of Antakya from the airport: public bus — 15 minutes
Antalya / Alanya Airport — IATA code GZP- (
0.9 million passengers)
- Also called: Gazipasa-Alanya Airport
- Nearby cities: Gazipasa, Anamur, Alanya, Kardzicak, Kestel
- To the city of Gazipasa from the airport: bus — 40 min.
Malatya Airport — Code IATA MLX — (
0.5 million passengers)
- Also called: Malatya Erhach Airport
- Nearby cities: Adıyaman, Elbistan, Elazig
- To the city of Malatya from the airport: bus — 30 minutes.
Turkish airports with less than 100,000 passengers per year:
- Zafera Airport — IATA KZR code
- Yenisehir Airport — IATA YEI code
- Anadolu Airport — code IATA AOE