Istanbul Airport Informational Guide to Istanbul Airport (IST) - Non Official

Istanbul Airport Terminal

Istanbul Airport Terminal has currently a single passenger terminal, the largest in the world, which hosts both international and domestic flights.

The terminal also counts with four runways to help handle all the traffic. 

The airport features a total of five concourses lettered A, B, D, F, and G, with a total of 143 passenger boarding bridges. Concourse G, located southeast, is for domestic flights.

The building has an H shape, with an extra line/pier in the middle.

We recommend a minimum of 2.5 hours if you have to transfer at Istanbul Airport as distances between all the piers and security checkpoints are larger. 

Present & future

It is expected that Istanbul Airport will have four terminals to host 200 million passengers per year.


Arrivals  Level

The Arrivals Hall is split into a couple of sections:

Domestic Arrivals

International Arrivals

Passengers will find baggage claim areas and several services too. 

Departures Floor

Find in the Departures Hall the following sections:

Domestic Departures

International Departures

Please note that the Departures Hall is accessible through seven entrance doors. Passengers will find services, check-in and access to gates through Security Check.

Transfer Terminal Floor 

Departures Pier Floor

Take into consideration that there’s a single security check for passengers from Istanbul and a another one for transiting passengers.


Istanbul Airport Terminal counts with five concourses: A, B, D, F and G.

Concourse G is the one located in the southeast of the airport facilities and only serves domestic flights.

On the other hand, Concourses A, B, D and F just serve international flights.

Please note that Concourses C and E are connected to the main terminal, since they aren’t independent.

Transfer between Concourses

Given the big distances, the terminal is equipped with moving walkways.

There isn’t any mean of transportation to transfer from one pier to another, which turns to be a lot of time to transfer between flights given the enormous surface of the terminal.


- Food, drink and retail concessions
- Nursing rooms
- Luggage storage
- Luggage wrapping
- Showers (in the lounges)
- Lounges
- Duty free stores
- Meeting point
- Toilets
- Car rentals

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There are currently a couple of hotels within the airport facilities called Yotel Air. One is located in airside whilst the other one in landside.


Turkish Airlines Lounge Domestic: Domestic Pier. Open 24 hours. Services: Snacks, Wi-Fi, TV, children’s area, Internet Terminals, among others. 

Turkish Airlines Lounge Miles & Smiles: International Pier. 24 hours open. Services: Snacks, showers, Wi-Fi, beer and wine, among others. 

Turkish Airlines Business Lounge: International Pier. 24 hours open. Services: Snacks, showers, Wi-Fi, premium food, TV. 

IGA Lounge: International Pier. 24 hours open. Services: Food, snacks, drinks, showers, TV, Children’s area, among others. 

SkyTeam Lounge: International Pier. 24 hours open. Services: Premium food, snacks, drinks, Wi-Fi, among others. 

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