Istanbul Airport has been named one of the best in the world.
Istanbul's new airport was voted one of the best in the world by readers of the renowned Condé Nast magazine. The two-and-a-half-year-old airport was voted second in the magazine's recently published list of "World's Best Airports." This is the second time the airport has ranked second on a list of the best airports.
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The Istanbul aviation scene has changed a lot in recent years. As Istanbul Ataturk Airport no longer had enough space for expansion, the decision was made to build a new airport off-site. The new airport, known simply as Istanbul Airport, was officially opened on October 29, 2018. By April 9, 2019, all flights had moved to the new facility.
More than 800,000 Condé Nast voted as the best travel experiences in the world as of this year, tens of thousands of ratings and reviews submitted to the magazine. One of the categories examined was airports. In this category, points were awarded for access, check-in, security controls, refreshment areas, business opportunities and design.
With a score of 89.01, Istanbul Airport (IST) came in second place and only lost the first by 0.57 points. The difference between second and third place, however, was a whopping 4.79 points. For the second time, the young airport has been named the second best in the world, also on the Travel & Leisure magazine list.
The award is impressive considering how young the airport is compared to the others in the top ten list. Istanbul Airport was officially opened just three years ago. The second youngest airport to make the list was the seven-year-old Doha Hamad International Airport. Several airports were over half a century old.
Istanbul Airport not only serves the largest city of Tukey, it is truly a global airport. First, the facility houses Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national airline. This means the airport can rival the giants of the Middle East as a hub for regular travelers. For example, someone could fly from New York via Istanbul to Dubai with Turkish Airlines.
With its central location between Europe, Africa and Asia, the airport also receives many airlines from other nations. Some, like British Airways, offer daily services to the city. Others, like Emirates, will fly to the airport up to three times a day.
The main travel destination from Istanbul in October is the Turkish capital, Antalya, according to Cirium. 429 flight rotations are planned between the two cities. Meanwhile, Tehran is Iran's top international destination with 339 planned cycles. This corresponds to more than ten revolutions per day.
In addition to ranking second on Condé Nast's list of the best airports in the world, the airport also received some special aircraft in October. On October 1, the airport welcomed Airbus A380 passengers for the first time with the arrival of a new Emirates service. Meanwhile, the airport also welcomed the world's largest airport, the Antonov An225, on Monday.
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