Located on the Mediterranean, Turkey is a culture mix of the west and east, well known for its sea side resorts , shopping opportunities and interesting cities. The largest city is Istanbul, straddling two continents, and offering a variety of things to do, while Antalya is the fastest growing city and a major hub for those planning to spend a vacation on the sea side.
Luckily, Turkey has plenty of airports which handle both domestic and international flights, but only some of them are important for the travelers.
AtatÃ¼rk International Airport (IST) is located in Istanbul and is the primary international gateway into the country. It is located on the European side of the city, about 24 km from the city center. It is Europe’s 8th busiest airport and a hub for Atlasjet, Onur Air and Turkish Airlines. The airport handles flights from all over the world.
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Antalya Airport (AYT) is located 13 km from the city center and is the gateway into the Mediterranean coast resorts. In 2011, it was selected the “Best Airport in Europe”. The airport is hub for Freebird Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Sky Airlines, SunExpress and Turkish Airlines. Many flights are seasonal, but the airport receives year-round traffic from a variety of European cities.
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Sabiha GÃ¶kÃ§en Airport (SAW) is the second international airport serving Istanbul. Located on the Asian side of the city, 35 km from the city center, it handles mostly low cost flights to/from Europe and North Africa , as well as domestic flights.
Ä°zmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB) serves Izmir, as well as SelÃ§uk and Ephesus. It is the 4th busiest airport in Turkey and a hub for IZair, SunExpress and Onur Air. Many flights are seasonal, but it also receives year-round flights from plenty of European cities.
EsenboÄŸa International Airport (ESB) serves the capital of Ankara and is located 28 km from its city center. It handles traffic to/from European cities and North Africa, as well as domestic traffic.
Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) serves Bodrum and Milas. It is especially busy during summer when it handles flights to/from plenty of European cities.
Dalaman Airport (DLM) also serves south-west Turkey and the tourist areas here (such as Antalya and Bodrum). It handles flights to/from Europe, Africa and Middle East. Many of the flights are seasonal, though.