Area where Istanbul Atatürk Airport is situated right now, was started to be used as air field in the begining of 1900s by Ottoman Empire Air Forces. After foundation of Turkish Republic, airport was open for civil flights in 1925. Official flights started between Istanbul and Ankara in 1933. Airport was called as Yesilkoy Airport in that time, until 1953 Yesilkoy Airport served for domestic flights. After Turkish Republic signed Chicago Civil Flight Agreement in 1944, airport construction started for international flights. International flights started officially with domestic and international terminal and 2300m run way in August 1st,1953 from Yesilkoy Airport. Yesilkoy Airport name was converted to Ataturk Airport in 1985.
In the bbeginningof 2000s, TAV Havalimanları company made an greement with government and terminals, run ways and passenger bridges were renewed. According to ICAO classification, Atatürk Airport has CAT III certification and it is possible even bad weather conditions. Ataturk Airport covers 11.650.000 square meter area and it is the biggest airport in Turkey by area which it is occupies and number of passengers.
There are food courts, restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, arrival and departure free shops, bank branches, atm machines, exchange offices, souvenir shops, cell phone and telco companies, book store, car rental companies, tourism companies in terminal. Airport security standards are quite high, and it is protected by private security company who are profesional and Istanbul Police Department.
It is possible to use public transportations such as Metro, Bus besides taxis. It is possible to arrive to Taxim and Kadikoy (Anatolian Part Center) by public buses. Metro goes to Aksaray, in order to go to Sultanahmet metro can be used to go to Aksaray and then taxi could be hired, this will be cheapest way to arrive Sultanahmet Area. It is also possible to go to Levent, Mecidiyekoy, Kadikoy areas by taking metro until Sirinevler station and make transfer to Metrobus. In order to use public transportation it is needed to buy Akbil which means smart ticket, that provides cheaper transportation and discount in transfers. Metro station is situated inside airport in ground floor, bus station is situatied outside of airport. There is private bus company which is called as Havatas that provides shuttle service between Airport to Taxim and vice versa. Shuttle has route Airport-Bakirkoy-Aksaray-Taxim. it is again possible to arrive Aksaray to reach Sultanahmet area with these private buses.
There are some photos from Istanbul Atatur Airport by Istanbul Photographer – Emrah Ayvali. You can contact with me to get printable versions of these photos.