Istanbul has two international airports - Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The vast majority of flights are through Atatürk Airport with Sabiha Gökçen handling cargo, charter flights, some domestic and recently flights for airlines like Pegasus who has made Sabiha Gökçen their regional hub. Being forty kilometers away from the city center on the Asian side of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport is developing the neccessary infrastructure to meet the air transportation needs of Istanbul in the future.
On average, 82 thousand passengers use the Istanbul Atatürk Airport each day with approximately 700 - 730 aircraft landings and take offs daily. Atatürk Airport caters to nearly 300 airlines from around the world. Istanbul - one of the largest cities in the world was selected European Capital of Culture in 2010 by the European Union. Istanbul attracts millions of people from Turkey and abroad thanks to its remarkable cultural heritage and its more than 12 million residents. In a city where airport operations play a vital role Istanbul Atatürk Airport provides modern and exemplary service with its domestic and international terminals.
A regular shuttle bus runs to and from the city centre, with journeys taking up to 45 minutes. The service also links this airport with Ataturk Airport, taking about one hour to make the journey. The closest railway connection can be found about three miles from the airport, connecting districts in Istanbul with neighbouring towns and cities. Seabus connection start from a stop located about five miles from the airport, with services also connecting the city with neighbouring areas. Twenty-four hour taxis are available from the airport for those who are in a rush to get to their hotel.
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