The Istanbul International Airport was inaugurated in 2018, although it began to receive flights in June of that year. It's found in the Arnavutköy district, on the European side and has a capacity of 150 million passengers.
From 2019, the Ataturk Airport has been decommissioned and all of its flights now fly in and out of the new International Istanbul Airport.
How to get to Istanbul?
Although transport links to from the Istanbul airport are still being completed, there are various options to get to the centre of the city:
- Pre-booked Transfer: without a doubt, the easiest and most comfortable way is by booking a transfer, a door to door service so you don't have to worry about a thing.
- Car: If you're thinking of renting a car at the new airport, the journey to the centre of Istanbul it will take you between 60 and 90 minutes depending on your destination. If you're heading to the European side you'll find Avcilar 53 kilometres away or Maslak 35 km away and on the Asian side you'll find Üsküdar 47 km away and Kadıköy 52 km away.
- Taxi: In the arrivals terminal you'll also find taxis which will take you to the centre of Istanbul for about € 35 (US$ 38.10).
- Bus: There are several bus lines that leave from the new Istanbul Airport to various points in the city. Their frequency is between 30 and 60 minutes, due to the recent construction of the airport and the few flights.
- Metro: At some point in 2023, the M11 metro line which takes you to the north of Istanbul is going to be extended to reach all the way to the airport.