2019 Guide to New Istanbul Airport (ISL)




  • It is announced that; the big move from the Ataturk Airport to New Istanbul Airport will be carried out between 5 April 2019 3:00 a.m. and 7 April 2019 12:00 midnight (GMT + 3). The passengers should contact the relevant airlines companies for details about their flights. Ataturk Airport will end its commercial flights and serve for private, cargo and training flights until January 2021.

  • New Istanbul Airport is located north-west of central Istanbul, in the Arnavutkoy district, by the Black Sea shore, on the European side.

  • New Istanbul Airport Code is ISL, Phone : +90 444 1 442 (Call center) , Web : https://www.istanbulhavalimani.com/en

  • You can travel between New Istanbul Airport and central Istanbul directly by municipal public buses, HAVAIST Airport Shuttle, taxi and Private Shuttles.

  • The Airport Shuttle from Taksim is the most practical way, the Private Shuttle is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between the airport and central Istanbul, taking about 1 hour from Istanbul city center.

  • There are plenty of short and long-term National Car Parks for people driving to the airport. The parking area will serve free-of-charge until 7 April 2019 for the passengers who choose to drive to the New Istanbul Airport by their private cars.




  • Where is the New Istanbul Airport?


    New Istanbul Airport is situated on the north eastern part of Istanbul, on the Arnavutkoy district, close to the Black Sea coast. Average distance from the New Istanbul Airport to major Istanbul city center districts is about 45 km. Some distances to the districts; Avcilar 53 km., Ataturk Airport 40 km., Bakirkoy 42 km., Besiktas 41 km., Eminonu 40 km., Galata 38 km., Kadikoy 52 km., Kavacik 42 km., Levent 36 km., Maslak 35 km., Sabiha Gokcen Airport 85 km., Pendik 87 km., Sisli 37 km., Sultanahmet 45 km., Ortakoy 41 km., Taksim 40 km. and Uskudar 45 km. To see New Istanbul Airport's exact location, see the Istanbul airports map.

    Current Routes for the New Istanbul Airport Flights


    Now, New Istanbul Airport serves for only a limited international and domestic destinations. Turkish Airlines currently make all the flights from/to the New Istanbul Airport. As of March 2019, the flights routes from/to the New Istanbul Airport are listed below;

  • Domestic flights to/from; Ankara, Adana, Antalya, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Izmir, Kayseri and Trabzon,
  • International flights to/from; Ashgabad, Baku, Ercan, Frankfurt, Kuwait, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris and Tbilisi.
  • Please check https://www.istanbulhavalimani.com/en/passenger/flight/arrival for live Arrivals,
  • Please check https://www.istanbulhavalimani.com/en/passenger/flight/departure for live Departures.

  • History of the New Istanbul Airport Project


    The New Istanbul Airport, after the Ataturk Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), is the third international airport of Istanbul that opened with a big ceremony on 29th October 2018. The aim and vision of the New Istanbul Airport is to build a very large airport in Istanbul to cover and handle fastly growing air traffic and travels to Istanbul as Istanbul is one of the top 20 most visited cities in the world and also an important hub for worldwide travellers and airlines.


    The New Istanbul Airport project has started in 2015 having four phases and the part of the first phase of the airport completed on 29th October 2018 and the airport is partly opened. The all four phases of the New Istanbul Airport is planned to be completed in 2028 and after that there will be six runways, two terminal buildings and two air control towers and the New Istanbul Airport will be the largest airport in the world with a capacity of 200 million passengers per year.



    The Completion of the New Istanbul Airport (in 2028)


    The first phase of the New Istanbul Airport includes 3 runways, a terminal building, the facilities related with the cargo, maintenance, repair and support, the Airport City with shopping mall, retail shops, cafes and restaurants inside and those facilities are planned to be completed in 2021. After the completion of the first phase, the capacity of the New Istanbul Airport will rise to 90 million passengers per year.

    The second phase of the New Istanbul Airport that includes the 2nd terminal building and the 4th runway is planned to start in 2020 and to be complete in 2022.

    The third phase of the New Istanbul Airport that includes the 5th runway, the 2nd air control tower and support facilities is planned to be completed in 2023 and the capacity will rise to 150 million passengers per year.

    And finally the fourth phase that includes the 6th runway is planned to be completed in 2028 and the capacity will rise to 200 million passengers per year.

    Of course all those plans are dependent to everything goes in time wihout any possible delays or troubles. When the New Istanbul Airport will fully be completed, it will be the largest airport in the world in 2028 unless other big airports rise their capacities or any country make bigger one.

    What will happen to Istanbul Ataturk Airport?


    The scheduled flights from and to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is planned to be closed after the New Istanbul Airport will fully serve. The Ataturk Airport is operated by TAV Airports and the end of the rental date is January 2021. So the Istanbul Ataturk Airport is supposed to serve for private, cargo and training flights until that date. After that date, as nothing is definete, a part of the area will be a Big Public Garden and some part of the area will again serve as a small City Airport.


    New Istanbul Airport Terminal


    New Istanbul Airport is spread across arrivals and departures levels, with shops, duty free, cafes, restaurants, currency exchange facilities, banks, rent a car, information counters, accommodation desks and left luggage facilities. All passengers must clear security control before entering the departure lounge and you'll find shops, bars and cafes. In the arrivals hall, you can find shops, duty free, restaurants, currency exchange, car rental and hotel reservation desks.



    Check the New Istanbul Airport Terminal Plan Interactive Map from below.
  • New Istanbul Airport Terminal Map



  • New Istanbul Airport Hotels


    The New Istanbul Airport is great that it offers inside Airport Hotel for travellers. The Innovative London based hotel brand, YOTEL operates inside the New Istanbul Airport. YOTEL serves in two seperate parts of the New Istanbul Airport, YOTEL Istanbul Airport (Landside) and YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport (Airside), with total 451 rooms (also known as cabins). You are able to make hourly bookings as well. Read more about YOTEL Istanbul Airport Hotel, Rooms and Fares.

    On the contrary, there are not any hotels located close to the New Istanbul Airport. It is because the the New Istanbul Airport is constructed on the northern far end of Istanbul, about 45 km. from the city center. As for the closest hotels to the New Istanbul Airport, you may find several hotels located within 14-30 km. We gathered those hotels' infos on our the closest hotels to the New Istanbul Airport page. You may check them there.

    Travelling to and from New Istanbul Airport


    Travelling by Public Buses and Airport Shuttles to and from New Istanbul Airport

    The IETT (Municipal) public buses and HAVAIST (Istanbul Otobus A.S.) private luxury buses operate in between many districts of Istanbul and the New Istanbul Airport. The municipal public buses operate on a regular fixed route departing from Halkali, Mecidiyekoy and Istanbul Atatürk Airport stops as well as the HAVAIST private luxury buses operate on a regular fixed route departing from Taksim, Kozyatagi, Yenikapi, July 15th Democracy Bus Terminal and Tuyap.

    The HAVAIST (Istanbul Otobus A.S.) private luxury buses also operate on a regular fixed route departing from Taksim, Kozyatagi, Yenikapi, July 15th Democracy Bus Terminal and Tuyap stops. You may find detailed information about the departure points, routes, route distances, timetables and trip fares of HAVAIST shuttles from the below link.
    http://www.hava.ist/en/index.html

    Read more about all the transportation options for the New Istanbul Airport from our Travelling to and from New Istanbul Airport (Insider Tips, Buses, Shuttles, Taxis) page.

    Taking a Private Shuttle to and from New Istanbul Airport

    If you are a group or a family with kids or having lots of luggages with you, than we highly recommend you to take private shutle transfers for your hotel as they offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance to your hotel from New Istanbul Airport or from your hotel to the New Istanbul Airport. The IETT or HAVAIST airport shuttles will bring you to at the city center and you'll need to take a taxi from there again which will harder for you with your kids and luggage. But private transfers drives you just to the entrance of your hotel.

    As for private shuttle transfers from or to the New Istanbul Airport, we highly recommend Kiwi Taxi as we recently booked with them had a gerat trip to our hotel. Their large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses can match any need while ensuring quick and safe travels to and from the New Istanbul Airport.

    New Istanbul Airport Parking


    New Istanbul Airport has a multi-storey parking area, having a car park with a capacity of 40.000 vehicles and with the highest service quality and technology. The airport car park area has services that include car wash, tire change, tire bank, mini maintenance, fuelling and Authorized Services.

    New Istanbul Airport Map




    Related Pages Recommended Reading

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  • All You Need to Know about the Sabiha Gokcen Airport
  • Istanbul Airports Maps
  • Routes for the New Istanbul Airport Flights (Which Countries, Cities & Airlines?)
  • Travelling to and from New Istanbul Airport (Insider Tips, Buses, Shuttles, Taxis)
  • Travelling to and from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Insider Tips, Buses, Shuttles, Taxis)
  • YOTEL Istanbul Airport Hotel, Facilities, Services, Rooms and Fares
  • ISG Sabiha Gokcen Airport Hotel, Facilities, Services, Rooms and Fares
  • The Closest Hotels to the New Istanbul Airport
  • The Closest Hotels to the Sabiha Gokcen Airport