Atatürk International Airport is one of the busiest and most used airports in the entire WORLD.
First of all, being that we are a Private Car Service, we are at this airport frequently. We thought we could shed some light on this location to help our clients and followers navigate around what can be a very hectic base!
Atatürk International Airport, in Turkey near Istanbul, opened in 1924. This travel hub has been around for quite sometime. Consequently, it has built quite a name for itself.
In 2015, Atatürk International Airport served more than 60 million guests. As a result, Atatürk International Airport in Turkey is listed as the 11th busiest airport in the world, concerning total passenger traffic & 10th in respects to international passengers! Especially relevant, as of 2015, the hub was considered the 3rd busiest International Airport in Europe. Placing the airport up with hubs such as London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Frankfurt Airport.
Originally named “Yeşilköy Airport”, “Atatürk International Airport” was renamed in 1980 as homage to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.
The two main terminals that travelers use are interconnected. Terminal 1 is the older and smaller unit and only deals with domestic flights within Turkey.
Terminal 1 features its own check-in and airside facilities on the upper floor that lead to 12 departure gates (101-112) which are equipped with jet bridges. On the ground level, there are 5 baggage reclaim belts as well as a curbside pick up.
Terminal 2 opened in 2000 and is used for all international flights. It holds a large lobby containing 8 check-in isles and a wide range of shops and restaurants. The departures area consists of 27 gates (201-226) which are equipped with jet bridges as well as several bus-boarding stands. The arrivals floor below is equipped with 11 baggage reclaim belts. Terminal 2 is also able to handle much larger planes than normal.
Both of these terminals have been operated by TAV Airports since January 2000 and has invested $600 million since 1998. In 2005, TAV won a bid to operate Atatürk for 15.5 years at an amount of $4 billion.
TAV started its construction at Atatürk International Airport for new boarding gates, as well as building a new air traffic control tower. Unused facility buildings have been demolished and three new boarding bridges are being built. When the new tower is completed, the old one will be demolished. When the international terminal is expanded, some of the jetways will be left to the domestics terminal which are on the west of the international terminal, connected to it.