Istanbul Airport, also known as Ataturk Airport, is located 24 kilometres west of the city centre on the European side of transcontinental Istanbul.
The airport is one of the 20 busiest in the world in terms of international passenger traffic and serves over 37 million passengers per year. It has four terminals, with Terminal 2, an international terminal, being inaugurated in 2000. The new terminal is efficient and modern, built to handle large amounts of passenger traffic.
Terminal 1, previously an international terminal, serves domestic passengers and the airport also contains a cargo terminal and a general aviation terminal. The airport terminals are all operated by TAV (Tepe-Akfen-Ventures) whose successful $4 billion bid to operate the airport for 15.5 years represents the biggest privatisation project in the region.
The airport terminals contain a range of passenger facilities including banks and currency exchange outlets, shops, cafes, restaurants, wireless internet and worship areas.