Istanbul Airport Arrivals

İstanbul Havalimanı

Address: Tayakadın Mahallesi, 34283 Arnavutköy / Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 444 1 442
Owner: General Directorate of State Airports (DHMİ)
IATA Airport Code: IST
ICAO airport code: LTFM
Alias: Istanbul New Airport, IGA Istanbul Grand Airport

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About Istanbul Havalimanı flight arrivals


Istanbul Airport (İstanbul Havalimanı) is Istanbul’s largest airport. The location is in the European part of the city. The new airport took over the old Istanbul Atatürk airport in April 2019. Istanbul’s new airport is located northwest of the city. The ultramodern new airport can transport up to 200 million Istanbul arrivals annually. To do this, the airport uses 5 long runways to process all those flights. The biggest aircraft in the world are able to land over here as well.

Turkish Airlines has most Istanbul Airport arrivals to many destinations around the world. In its first (not full) year, it carried 52,578,008 passengers. In 2018, there were already 68,192,683 passengers at the previous airport and that would certainly have been exceeded if the corona virus had not struck. The year 2021 brought almost 37 million passengers to the airport. There is already an increase in arrivals in 2022 but it will take some time to get to the old statistics.

Istanbul airport terminal

Istanbul Airport has a departure level (Giden yolcu katı) and an Istanbul flight arrivals level (Gelen yolcu katı). The departure hall of Istanbul Airport is accessible through seven entrances, 1 and 2 for domestic flights (İç Hatlar, see green section), and 3 to 7 for international flights (Dış Hatlar). If you are driving by car use the right hand side to go to the Istanbul Airport arrivals hall which is located on floor D. There is the baggage claim area.


After IST airport arrivals you walk from the airport to one of the concourses towards the IST arrivals hall through the passport control. Grab your luggage and walk out of the terminal.

Grand transportation Havalimanı airport
  • You can choose to travel with the subway. This new connection ensures that you are in the center of Istanbul (Sultanahmet) in 30 minutes.
  • There are also several bus lines to travel to the city after Istanbul Havalimanı arrivals. These often run 24/7 and are usually the cheapest option. There are actually every half hour Istanbul arrivals with different bus lines.
  • If you want to travel privately, you can choose to take a private airport transfer, hotel shuttle or taxi. Hotel shuttles are free in some cases. If you travel by taxi, it costs about USD 35 to the center of Istanbul.
  • Another option if you want to travel mobile is to rent a car. After Istanbul Airport arrivals hall, there are numerous options for renting a car from the major well-known companies such as:
    • Hertz
    • Europcar
    • Avis
    • Budget
    • Avec Car Rentel
    • Dokay
    • Garenta
    • Luks
    • Ülger Rent a Car
Hotel at the new Istanbul airport

If you have a really early Istanbul Havalimanı airport arrivals and want to stay at the airport you can also choose to stay at the YOTEL Istanbul Airport Hotel which is located at the departure area.

Available airlines

There are many flights operated by Turkish Airlines. Many routes go to Russia and go with Aeroflot, Nordwind Airlines, Pobeda, Red Wings Airlines. Other carriers that also offer many flights are:

  • EgyptAir
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Emirates
  • FlyDubai
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Mahan Air
  • MerajAirlines
  • Iran Air
  • Corendon
  • Pegasus
  • Anadolujet
  • SunExpress
Most popular destinations from Istanbul Airport