Two airports serve the Istanbul area.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST), which is located on the European side of the city, is the busiest airport in Turkey. It serves as a hub for Atlasjet, Onur Air and Turkish Airlines, and the dozens of airlines that use the airport fly to countless destinations across Turkey, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America.
Popular destinations for Istanbul travelers include Antalya, Izmir and Dalaman, in Turkey; Bangkok, in Asia; London, Athens and Paris, in Europe; and New York City, in North America.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) is the second Istanbul airport, and is located on the Asian side of the city. Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress and Turkish Airlines use the airport as a hub. Travelers can fly non-stop from SAW to destinations in Turkey, Asia, Europe and Africa.
A number of low-cost airlines fly from Istanbul-area airports. That translates into savings for travelers, who are more likely to find cheap airfares. The biggest budget airline flying from Istanbul is Pegasus. The majority of the airline’s flights are from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to cities including Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Cairo, Dalaman, Dubai, Frankfurt and London. Pegasus also flies from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Ankara, Bodrum and Izmir.
Other low-cost carriers that fly from Istanbul and offer inexpensive airfares include: Air Arabia (SAW to Sharjah), Air Arabia Maroc (SAW to Casablanca), flydubai (SAW to Dubai), Germanwings (SAW to Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn and Hannover), Norwegian Air Shuttle (SAW to Bergen and Oslo) and Wizz Air (SAW to Budapest).