PRIVATE AIRCRAFT CHARTER AIRPORTS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
There are three main airports serving Turkey’s largest city Istanbul.
Istanbul Airport (IST/LTFM)
The new Istanbul Airport officially opened in late 2018 and gradually took over all scheduled flights from Istanbul Atatürk Airport including the airport code IST and is now the city’s primary international airport. It is one of the biggest airports in the world with just one very large terminal with the expectation to handle 200 million passengers a year on its completion over the next decade, it currently handles around 90 million passengers a year. The airport is 42km/26 miles north west of the city centre.
It does have a separate private business aviation terminal however all business aviation tends to use Ataturk which is far less busy now.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport (ISL/LBTA)
The original Atatürk airport was consistently one of the busiest airports in Europe, however it was reaching a point where growth was outstripping capacity, so the new Istanbul airport mentioned above was constructed and now takes all Ataturk’s scheduled flights.
Ataturk closed to all scheduled airline services in the Spring of 2020, and is now a hub for business aviation, along with cargo and diplomatic flights. The airport is 12 miles/19km to the west of the city centre.
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW/LTFJ)
Located 45km/28miles east of Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen is on the Asian side of the city, one of only few transcontinental cities in the world. A relatively new airport, Sabiha Gökçen airport opened in 2001 to help alleviate the rapid growth of air traffic in city, but also offer towns/cities to the east of the Bosporus strait a more convenient option.
There is a separate business aviation terminal for smooth discreet transfers from the private jets to ground transport.
What Are The Cost of Private Jet Flights To ISTANBUL?
NOTE: All estimate costs are based on appropriate aircraft flying the sectors non-stop. Prices will be lower for smaller aircraft that require a fuel stop.