Question: What is the difference between the two airports in Istanbul?

Istanbul has two airports: the most common and bigger one is Istanbul airport (IST) on the European side. The smaller one is Sabiha Gokcen Airport ( SAW) on the Asian side. Both are quite far from the city center where your accommodation will be. Unfortunately, there is no train service.

Which airport is better in Istanbul?

Istanbul airport is the best airport to fly into when flying to Istanbul although it is further from the city centre, it is served by fast public transport services that will get you to the city on time. Istanbul airport is new and very much under construction, it is expected to take over Ataturk Airport.

Is Ataturk Airport the same as Istanbul airport?

Istanbul Atatürk Airport was replaced in regards to commercial passenger functions by the newly constructed Istanbul Airport, in April 2019, in order to meet Istanbuls growing domestic and international air traffic demand as a source, destination, and transit point.

Is it better to fly into saw or IST?

IST is located on the European side of Istanbul and closer to the major sites. SAW is on the Asian side of the city and further away. If this is your first visit, I suggest you fly in to and out of IST to save time and money if your hotel is located on the European side.

Does Istanbul have 2 airports?

Istanbul has two airports: the most common and bigger one is Istanbul airport (IST) on the European side. The smaller one is Sabiha Gokcen Airport ( SAW) on the Asian side.

Is IST the new Istanbul Airport?

All scheduled commercial passenger flights were transferred from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport on 6 April 2019, following the closure of Istanbul Atatürk Airport for scheduled passenger flights. The IATA airport code IST was also transferred to the new airport.

Which airport in Istanbul is saw?

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW), located on the Asian side of Istanbul, served over 35.5 million passengers in 2019 and today, ranked as the 2nd busiest airport in Turkey and 13th busiest airport in Europe.

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