Istanbul Atatürk Airport

The now defunct passenger terminal in 2013
Source: Milan Suvajac
Airport typePublic
OwnerGeneral Directorate of State Airports (DHMİ)
OperatorTAV Airports
ServesIstanbul, Turkey
LocationYeşilköy, Bakırköy, Istanbul
Opened1912 (as airfield)
1953 (as airport)
Closed6 April 2019
Hub forMNG Airlines Turkish Cargo ULS Airlines Cargo
Elevation AMSL163 ft / 50 m
Coordinates40°58′34″N 028°48′51″ECoordinates: 40°58′34″N 028°48′51″E

Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IATA: ISL, ICAO: LTBA) (former IATA code: IST) (Turkish: İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı) is a general aviation, cargo, and state aircraft airport in Istanbul. It closed to commercial passenger flights on April 6, 2019 when all flights were transferred to Istanbul Airport.

As of 6 April 2019, the airport is open only for cargo, maintenance, general aviation, air taxis, business flights and state and diplomatic aircraft, while commercial passenger flights are all handled at the newly built Istanbul Airport.

First opened in 1912 as a military airfield, located on the European side of the city, it is located 24 km (15 mi) west of the city centre. The airport was originally named Yeşilköy Airport. In the 1980s, it was renamed Istanbul Atatürk International Airport in honour of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. It served more than 60 million passengers in 2015, making it the 11th-busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and the 10th-busiest in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. In 2017, it was Europe’s 5th-busiest airport after London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, having fallen from third place after a decline in passengers due to security fears.

Istanbul Atatürk Airport was replaced in regards to commercial passenger functions by the newly constructed Istanbul Airport, in April 2019, in order to meet Istanbul’s growing domestic and international air traffic demand as a source, destination and transit point. Both airports were used in parallel for five months from late 2018, with the new airport gradually expanding to serve more domestic and regional destinations. On 6 April 2019, Atatürk’s IST IATA airport code was inherited by Istanbul Airport and Atatürk Airport was assigned the code ISL after the full transfer of all scheduled passenger activities to the new airport was completed. The final commercial flight, Turkish Airlines Flight 54, left Atatürk Airport on 6 April 2019 at 2.44 am for Singapore.


Defunct passenger terminals

Istanbul Atatürk Airport featured two passenger terminals linked to each other. The former Domestic Terminal is the older and smaller of the two terminals and exclusively handled domestic flights within Turkey. It featured its own check-in and airside facilities on the upper floor, with twelve departure gates equipped with jet bridges., and five baggage reclaim belts on the ground level. The former International Terminal was inaugurated in 2000 and used for all international flights. It featured a large main hall containing eight check-in isles and a wide range of airside facilities such as shops and restaurant, 34 gates equipped with jetbridges and 7 bus-boarding stands. The arrivals floor had 11 baggage reclaim belts. In addition, there is a general aviation Terminal to the northwest of the passenger terminals.

Cargo Terminal

The airport features a dedicated cargo terminal including facilities for the handling of radioactive and refrigerated freight.

Other Facilities

Aerial photograph of Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Airlines and destinations


As of April 2019, all passenger operations have been relocated to the new Istanbul Airport.


The following cargo airlines serve the airport on a regular basis as of December 2019.

Air ACTBahrain, Hong Kong, Lahore, New York–JFK, Singapore, Tallinn
Air Algérie CargoAlgiers
Air France CargoParis–Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines BelgiumLiège
DHL AviationLeipzig/Halle
EgyptAir CargoCairo
Ethiopian Airlines CargoAddis Ababa, Tel Aviv
FedEx ExpressParis–Charles de Gaulle
Hong Kong Airlines CargoAlmaty, Hong Kong, New Delhi
Iran Air CargoTehran–Imam Khomeini
Lufthansa CargoFrankfurt, Moscow–Domodedovo
MNG AirlinesAlmaty, Cologne/Bonn, Hahn, London–Luton, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv, Tripoli–Mitiga
Royal Jordanian CargoAmman
Qatar Airways CargoDoha
Silk Way AirlinesBaku
Turkish CargoAccra, Aguadilla, Algiers, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Ashgabat, Atlanta,  Baghdad, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Belgrade, Bishkek, Bogotá, Budapest, Cairo, Casablanca,  Chennai, Chicago–O’Hare, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dakar–Senghor, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Kano, Karachi, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kinshasa, Kuala Lumpur–International, Lagos, London–Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Miami, Minsk, Mumbai, Nairobi, Niš, New York–JFK, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Nur-Sultan, Sarajevo, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shannon, Stockholm-Arlanda, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv, Toronto–Pearson, Tunis, Tuzla, Vienna, Vilnius, Zürich
ULS Airlines CargoBarcelona, Beijing–Capital, Hong Kong, Kiev–Boryspil, Manila, Shanghai–Pudong
UPS AirlinesAlgiers, Cologne/Bonn, Newark, Shenzhen
Uzbekistan Airways CargoTashkent

Accidents and incidents


Source: wikipedia