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Domestic Flights in Turkey

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. If you are looking for domestic flights in other countries, check out this page.

What is a domestic flight?


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

What are the best airlines for domestic travel in Turkey?

The airlines below are Turkish airlines which operate domestic flights within the country:

Turkish Airlines



Onur Air

Pegasus Airlines




Turkish Domestic Flights

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 in Turkey 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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