Information on airports in Turkey

Updated: 11 October 2021 Created: 04 June 2013

Last year, 200 million passengers used airports in Turkey to get to and from the country. Due to Turkey’s position at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, air travel is at an all-time high. With the ever-continuing growth of tourism and more passengers buying a home in Turkey, this figure grows every year. Turkish airports are very accessible and spaced out evenly across the country. There are currently 58 airports spread across Turkey. Of these airports, 35 offer domestic and international flights, while 23 provide regional flights across Turkey.

Turkey’s national carrier, now private, Turkish Airlines, covers all these airports from most major airports in Europe, the USA, Russia, Far East and the Middle East. Flying to and from Turkey using an international airport has never been easier. However, when buying a property in Turkey, you will want easy access to your home, whether you jet in for a weekend visit or spend a whole summer lavishing in the Turkish sun. The following guide talks about airports in locations within Turkey where most people tend to buy property. At the end of the short summaries are links to a more in-depth look at the airport and surrounding areas accessible to it.

Information About Airports in Turkey

Airports in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, has two airports: Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side and the brand new Third Airport. As a hotspot for travel, business and investment, Istanbul international airports offer many flights to and from several destinations across the world.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Located in Asian Istanbul, Sabiha airport is 28 miles southeast, and was named after the daughter of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Originally built to ease traffic from Ataturk, it is now a flourishing Turkish airport, with several international and domestic flights offered. Opening in 2001, Sabiha handles roughly 35 million passengers a year.

Istanbul Airport: In April 2019, Istanbul Airport took over from Ataturk Airport as the central air hub. Although it is up and running, Istanbul Airport is a work in progress. Once completed in 2030, the airport in the north of Istanbul will be the world's largest, with the capacity to process 150 million passengers each year. The airport will include six runways, 1.5 million square metres of interior space spread over four terminals, and all the conveniences you would expect from a state-of-the-art modern airport.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Airports in Izmir

Izmir in Aegean Turkey has one airport but doesn’t underestimate its efficiency. Adnan Menderes Airport, 11 miles southwest of the centre, is fully equipped with various buses, trains, and shuttle services to provide you with easy access to towns nearby. (Read more about Izmir airport.) Places serviced include...

- Kusadasi: 50 miles distance, one hour by car

- Bodrum: 138 miles distance, three hours by car

- Altinkum: 90 miles distance, one hour 30 minutes by car

Izmir Airport

Airports in Bodrum

Bodrum Milas Airport is the only airport on the Aegean Bodrum peninsula of Turkey. During summer months, several flights go to many major European destinations. Therefore, if you want to visit your home during summer, you will easily find a direct flight. There are also around five daily flights connecting to Istanbul, even during winter, providing you with easy access to and from the city. However, during winter, access Bodrum via a short connecting flight via Istanbul. The airport is just a short 30-minute drive from most properties in Bodrum. Furthermore, if you own a home in other favourite locations like Kusadasi, Akbuk, or Altinkum; these are easily accessible via Bodrum Milas Airport.

Bodrum Airport

Airports in Antalya

A third of air travellers and property owners end up in Antalya, the second most visited spot in Turkey after Istanbul. There is only one airport in Antalya, around 8 miles outside of the centre along the Mediterranean coast. Due to the location of Antalya and it being a hotspot for tourism and lifestyle and investment property, during the summer, it should be relatively easy to find flights to Antalya from most European destinations. (More about Antalya air travel hub.) Antalya airport offers easy access to the following places...

- Kemer: 45 minutes by car and 37 miles away

- Side: 1 hour by car and 42 miles away

- Alanya:  2 hours 30 minutes by car and 79 miles away (Residents also use Gazipasa airport, but flights are not as frequent.)

Airports in Dalaman

Dalaman Airport serves most of the southwestern area of Turkey and has two terminals; one for domestic flights and one for international flights. Finding flights should be relatively easy due to its two terminals. More about Dalaman air travel hub. Dalaman gives easy access to the following cities:

- Fethiye - 45-minute drive and 33 miles away

- Marmaris - 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive and 60 miles away

- Gocek - a short 20-minute drive away

- Kalkan - 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive and 79 miles away

- Kas - a 2-hour drive away

Also of interest

About Turkey: We hope we have given you lots of information about airports in Turkey, but if you want to buy property and need any advice, just call us today. Our About Turkey guide, will also be of interest. It discusses prominent places more in depth and can help you on your property search.

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