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Every year, millions of passengers use Istanbul’s airport as entry and exit points for their vacations in Turkey. And it makes sense to do so as Istanbul is on most tourists’ must-see list. Also, the airports handle a lot of traffic from all over the world and the travelers are guaranteed to find a flight.
Finding cheap airfare to Istanbul is not very hard especially if you plan the trip in advance. If you want to travel during the high season, there will be a bit more research needed to find a cheap flight.
Two airports in Istanbul
AtatÃ¼rk International Airport (IST) is the major international airport in Istanbul. It is located on the European side of the city, 24 km west of the city center. It is among the top 40 airports in the world in terms of passenger traffic. It receives direct flights from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.
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Sabiha GÃ¶kÃ§en International Airport (SAW) is the second international airport serving Istanbul. It is located on the Asian side of the city, 35 km from the city center. It mostly receives flights from Europe and the Middle East. This is where most of the low-cost airlines fly into and from.
Ways to save money on flights to Istanbul
The easiest way to save money on flights to Istanbul is by planning your vacation outside the high season. By May tourists start flocking to Turkey and there are many of them spending the vacation here in September, as well. So, in order to save money, plan to fly in March, April or October. The weather is still nice but the prices are lower.
You also should look into catching a connecting flight from a major European hub. Especially if you fly North America or Australia, plan to make a stop in a large airport, such as London, Paris or Amsterdam. Then, catch a low-cost flight into Istanbul.