It's a good idea to book flights months in advance if you plan to arrive in Turkey any time from April until late August. If you plan to visit a resort, check with travel agents for flight and accommodation deals. Sometimes you can find cheap flights with Turkish carriers and less-usual airlines.

Airports

The main international airports are in western Turkey.

Atatürk International Airport Istanbul's main airport, Atatürk International Airport, is in Yeşilköy, 23km west of Sultanahmet. The international terminal (Dış Hatlar) is polished and organised. Close by, the domestic terminal (İç Hatlar) is smaller but no less efficient.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport This airport is popular with low-cost European airlines, but is not as conveniently located as Atatürk.

Antalya International Airport

Adnan Menderes Airport There are many flights to İzmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport from European destinations.

Bodrum International Airport

Dalaman International Airport

Ankara International Airport

Airlines

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, has extensive international and domestic networks, including budget subsidiaries Sun Express and Anadolu Jet. It is generally considered a safe airline, and its operational safety is certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Like many airlines, it has had accidents and incidents over the years – nine crashes since 1974, most recently at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in 2009.

Pegasus is a leading low-cost airline in Turkey, which provides reasonably-priced transportation opportunities on point-to-point basis in short and medium range flight lines and aims to set up a wide flight network with high flight frequency for guests.

Borajet Airlines, is the single and the first example of "Regional Airlines" in Turkey similar to other elite airlines in the many countries of the world.

Atlasglobal was the first airline to offer a “Fly&Bus” service, providing complimentary private airport shuttles in most of the cities where it operates scheduled flights. Atlasglobal also offers its international passengers connected flights around the world thanks to agreements with more than 70 foreign airlines.

Australia & New Zealand

You can fly from the main cities in Australia and New Zealand to İstanbul, normally via Dubai, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

You can often get cheaper flights with European airlines, if you're prepared to change flights again in Europe.

Continental Europe

There's not much variation in fares from one European airport to another; with the exception of Germany, which has the biggest Turkish community outside Turkey, enabling some great deals.

Most European national carriers fly direct to İstanbul. Cheaper indirect flights can be found, for example changing in Frankfurt or Munich en route from Amsterdam to İstanbul.

Charter airlines fly between several German cities and the major western Turkish airports.

Middle East & Asia

From Central Asia and the Middle East, you can usually pick up flights with Turkish Airlines or the country's national carrier.

Affordable flights from further afield normally travel to İstanbul via Dubai, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

UK & Ireland

In addition to the airlines listed, flights are available with European carriers via continental Europe. With major airlines such as British Airways and Turkish Airlines, the cheapest flights are normally in and out of London airports.

Charter flights are a good option, particularly at the beginning and end of the peak summer holiday season. Try the online charter and discounted flight agents Just the Flight (www.justtheflight.co.uk).

USA & Canada

Most flights connect with İstanbul-bound flights in the UK or continental Europe, so it's worth looking at European and British airlines in addition to North American airlines.

Another option is to cross the Atlantic to, say, London or Paris, and continue on a separate ticket with a budget carrier.

Source:  www.lonelyplanet.com

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