Ataturk Airport

Ataturk Airport

Ataturk Airport is a civil airport, serving domestic and international scheduled and charter flights 24 hours a day. It is located 24 kilometers west of city center.

The first aerodrome in Istanbul was opened in Yesilkoy in 1912 for military purposes. In consequence of International Civil Aviation Convention undersigned in Chicago in 1944, it was decided to found an international airport in Istanbul/Yesilkoy. A contract was signed with Westinghouse Electric International Company and the IG White Engineering Corporation for the construction of this airport in 1947. Construction began in 1949 and completed in 1953 and the airport put into service on August 1, 1953 dedicated as Yesilkoy Airport.

The aerodrome consisted of Runway 06/24, taxiways, 10,000 square meters modern passenger terminal, maintenance hangars, radio receiver-transmitter equipment and a secondary power source in accordance with that period’s technology.

A new international terminal was decided to be constructed in Built-Operate-Transfer model to meet the increasing passenger capacity. A project was established by a project competition and consequently the construction adjudication of a facility in Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model based on offering a period of time for management in return for investment to be made and construction and management services was carried out by DHMI. The international terminal is being operated by the company founded as TAV Investment Construction Management Company after the undersigning of the contract.

In 2001, TAV negotiated an amendment to their BOT Agreement with DHMI to include an extension to complete International Terminal. Exchange for an extension to the period of time TAV would be allowed to operate the terminal in the agreement. Under the terms of the amendment, the terminal floor space has been increased by 30 percent, and TAV’s operating period has been extended from May 2004 until July 2005.

In May 2004, the extension construction was completed. Terminal extension increased the passenger handling capacity of the terminal from 14 million to 20 million annual passengers and also included an airside and landside hotel and expanded VIP terminal facilities.


Ataturk Airport
DHMİ Ataturk Havalimanı Basmudurlugu
Yesilkoy, IST 34149

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