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Discover some of the many domestic flights in Turkey using the search bar above, or you can read on to discover more about Turkey's domestic flights including where to go and the best airlines for domestic flights.

What are the best airlines for domestic travel in Turkey?

The airlines below are airlines which operate domestic flights within Turkey:

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey. As well as flying internationally, the airline operates an extensive domestic network, flying between cultural and business hubs and all major cities.

Check-In Times

Online: Online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled departure and closes 90 minutes before scheduled departure.

Airport: Airport check-in closes 45 minutes before scheduled departure for domestic flights.

Anadolujet

AnadoluJet is a domestic Turkish airline based at Ankara International Airport, the airport serving Accra, the capital city of Turkey. The airline connects Accra with cities all over the country, including İstanbul, Antalya, Ankara, Batman, Batumi, Bingol, Bursa, Gaziantep, Elazig, Erzurum, Izmir, Kars, Kayseri, Kocaeli and many more.

Check-In Times

Online: Online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure and closes one hour before.

Airport: Check-in must be completed at least 45 minutes before your Anadolu flight departure time.

Onur Air

Onur Air is a low-cost airline based at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, near the city of Istanbul. The airline operates affordable flights between cities in Turkey, including Antalya, Dalaman, Malatya, Trabzon, Samun, and Elazig.

Check-In Times

Online: Online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled departure, and closes 180 minutes before the flight departs.

Airport: Airport check-in closes 90 minutes before scheduled flight departure for domestic flights.

Pegasus Airlines

Pegasus Airlines is a low-cost airline headquartered in Istanbul, at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). The airline also operates an extensive flight network within the country. Focus cities are Adana Airport (ADA), Antalya Airport (AYT), Ercan Airport (ECN), Ankara Esenboğa Airport (ESB) and Amasya Merzifon Airport (MZH).

Check-In Times

Online:Online and mobile check-in opens 72 hours before departure time and closes 60 minutes before departure.

Airport: Passengers should arrive 2 hours before scheduled departure time. Airport check-in desk will close 45 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights.

SunExpress

SunExpress . The airline operates mostly domestic scheduled services, as well as also flying internationally.

Check-In Times

Online: For domestic flights, SunExpress online check-in will open between 24 hours–45 minutes prior to departure.

Airport: SunExpress recommends passengers to check-in at the airport at least two hours before departure.

 

Past airlines in Turkey

The following airlines used to operated domestic flights but have sadly ceased operations in recent years:

AtlasGlobal

AtlasGlobal was a Turkish airline, headquartered in Istanbul, which operated scheduled domestic and international passenger flights. Unfortunately, the airline ceased operations in February 2020.

IZair

IZair was a domestic and international airline headquartered at Adnan Menderes Airport, near the city of İzmir. However, the airline ceased operations in 2018.

What is a domestic flight?

 

A domestic flight is a flight that leaves from one destination and lands in another destination within the same country, for instance, taking off from Istanbul, and landing in Izmir is a domestic route. This is because the flight only stays within the Turkish territory, the flight is classed as a domestic flight because it travels within the same country.

You may not be subject to immigration and border control as you're technically not leaving the country. However, you will still need valid photo identification, so many passengers choose to take their passports anyway. Read more to discover about travel documents here.

Why book domestic flights in Turkey?

Turkey is home to some of the biggest bustling cities such as Istanbul, with magnificent historic buildings and archaeological sites such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Turkey is famously known for its bazaars that sell carpets, lanterns, Turkish delights, kebabs and coffee.

Turkey is a fairly big country, with an area of 780,000 sq km. Many travellers decide to select domestic flights to the cities around Turkey as it's a much quicker way of travelling to its cities.

Many travellers choose to fly domestically within Turkey, because it doesn't just save time as but also can be sometimes cheaper than other forms of transport options, especially with its low-cost airlines. Turkish Airline is Turkey's national flag carrier which many passengers choose to fly with buy many travellers also use its other airlines such as Anadolujet, AtlasGlobal, IZair, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines and SunExpress.

Busiest Airports in Turkey

Istanbul serves as being one of the largest aviation hubs in the world, with two international airports, handling over 91 million passengers each year. Atatürk International Airport, which handled about 64 million passengers, is the 3rd largest and 5th busiest international airport in Europe.

The below table is taken from General Directorate of State Airports (DHMI) 2017 which based on passenger traffic of people arriving, departs or passes through the airport.

 

Rank Airport City Served Passengers
1 Atatürk International Airport Istanbul 64,106,014
2 Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Istanbul 31,386,038
3 Antalya Airport Antalya 25,386,038
4 Esenboga International Airport Istanbul 15,82,451
5 Adnan Menderes Airport Izmir 12,817,158
6 Adana Sakirpasa Airport Adana 5,610,176
7 Trabzon Airport Trabzon 4,148,929
8 Dalaman Airport Mugla / Dalaman 3,718,768
9 Milas-Bodrum Airport Mugla / Dalaman 3,501,530
10 Oguzeli Airport Gaziantep / Oguzeli 2,629,569

 

FAQs

Do I need a passport for domestic flights in Turkey?

A passport is typically only used when entering or leaving a country. So, when flying on a domestic flight you are not technically leaving the country and therefore you won't usually require a passport. But, as you will need a form of valid photo ID for check-in and boarding, many travellers will often choose to use their passports anyway. It's a good measure to check the rules of the airline, as some may have different flying rules as others.

What is the baggage allowance on Turkey's domestic flights?

Baggage allowance differs from airline to airline, the route and fare you are flying. It's always important to check your specific allowance with the airline directly or you can check your electronic ticket, as sometimes the routes and aircraft travelling on may mean the baggage allowance varies. Ensure to also check the dimension restrictions of the baggage, so that you aren't charged for excess baggage.

What time do I need to check-in for a domestic flight in Turkey?

Although the check-in times will differ depending on the airline you're flying with or airport flying from, the check-in finishing time for domestic flights is often much later than it's for international flights because passengers generally need less time to go through the immigration and border controls at the airport.

Can I buy a domestic flight online?

Yes, you can buy domestic flights online with Alternative Airlines. Click here to find and book your domestic flights with different airline carriers to locations around Turkey.

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