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Istanbul Atatürk Airport

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Atatürk International Airport (formerly Yesilköy International Airport) (IATA: IST, ICAO: LTBA) (Turkish: Atatürk Uluslararasi Havalimani) is the major international airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Located in Yesilköy, on the European side of the city, it is 15 km (9 mi) southwest of the city centre. 

Read MoreThe airport is named in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and the first president of the Republic of Turkey. With estimated passenger traffic of 26 million for the year 2008, it is projected to be among the top 40 airports in the world in terms of total passenger traffic.

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Terminals

There are three terminals, one international (Terminal A), one domestic (Terminal B) and one cargo terminal (Terminal C). Inaugurated in 2001, the international terminal is an efficient and modern terminal. After the new terminal opened, domestic flights have been moved to the old international terminal. Despite its 70's design, this new domestic terminal can handle more passengers than the more modern but smaller previous domestic terminal.  

The airport terminals have been operated by TAV (Tepe-Akfen-Ventures) since January 2000. TAV has invested US$600 million since 1998. In 2005 TAV won the concession agreement to operate Atatürk for 15.5 years at a record breaking amount of $3 billion, which also represents the highest figure for such a privatization project in Turkey, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Commonwealth of Independent States and North Africa.

Traffic

Atatürk Airport still faces capacity issues; it ranks somewhere between 35th and 40th in the world by both cargo and passenger traffic, handling over 730,000 tonnes of load (cargo, freight and mail) and over 25 million passengers in the year 2007. The total number of passengers has doubled in the past five years, and domestic traffic has almost quadrupled.

Its rated capacity of 14 million international passengers per year and 10 million domestic passengers per year was barely sufficient for the demand in 2007. The Istanbul greater metropolitan area is expected to have a demand of 25 million international passengers and 25 million domestic passengers annually by the year 2015.

However, introduction of high speed trains between Ankara and Istanbul in 2008, and completion of the construction of the intercity highways linking Istanbul to other cities (to Bursa, İzmir, Antalya and the Black Sea Speedway) may help decrease this demand.

We thankfully have taken some parts from wikipedia where you can find more details about all domestic and international airlines using the airport as well.

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