Trip Planning Guide: 2018 Istanbul Airshow

The Istanbul Airshow is a biennial event held September 27-30, 2018, at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The 4-day airshow is the most important business platform in the region focusing solely on the civil aviation market. Aviation and airport industries from Turkey, the Balkans, Middle East, and CIS Republics meet in Istanbul and create unique opportunities for airshow attendees.

The exhibitor profile includes the following sectors: Business Aircraft, Cargo, Fire Fighting, Air Ambulances, Helicopters, Aircraft Engines, Avionics, Flight Control & Navigation Systems, Flight Simulators & Training, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering & Services, Passenger & Baggage Handling Systems, ATC Systems, Airport & Airline Security & Emergency Systems, Air Charter & Taxi Operators, Airport & Terminal Operators.




Security Level: 4
Turkey remains under a state of emergency, which poses unique risks to travelers and exacerbates existing security concerns. Terrorist attacks occur frequently in Turkey. The threat of terrorism extends from both domestic militants -- such as Kurdish separatists and political extremists -- and militant Islamists -- such as those affiliated with or inspired by al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS). Crime, particularly opportunistic theft, is the security concern travelers to Turkey are most likely to encounter. Periodic demonstrations occur in various Turkish cities and may affect security for travelers. There are concerns related specifically to the crisis in Syria; these apply primarily to areas of southern Turkey that are located close to the Syrian border.
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Permit Requirements

Landing permission is required for both private and charter flights. Operators are required to process the permissions through a representation company in Turkey holding valid licenses. 
Private Flights:
Private flights require landing permission from the Turkey Civil Aviation Authority. 
International flights operated with aircraft registered in ECAC member countries and in countries having bilateral agreements with Turkey have some exceptions to the rule:
  • 12 seats or less: No permission required, only ATC FPL needs to be on file at least three (3) hours prior to departure. 
  • More than 12 seats: Valid and updated aircraft documents must be on file with Turkey’s CAA. Once this requirement is fulfilled, only ATC FPL is required to be on file at least three (3) hours prior to departure.


All domestic flights require landing permission. 
Charter Flights:
All charter flights are subject to a landing permission. Official requirements mandate that the application is submitted at least five (5) working days before the flight schedule. The lead time requirement is reduced to two (2) days in the case of an emergency. 
Regular documents such as aircraft registration, airworthiness and noise certificates must be provided together with a signed letter regarding the flight purpose. Please note Turkey’s CAA requires the insurance certificate be provided on a special form following the CAA’s requirements.

Visa Requirements

While a visa prior to arrival is required for many nationalities, some are exempt from visas for tourist visits of up to 90 days. Check your visa requirements here:
For those whom a visa is required, some may apply online for an electronic visa (eVisa). eVisas are valid for 90 days for multiple entries. Note: Online applications must be submitted more than 24 hours prior the flight. Check your eligibility here:
Crew members may be exempt from visa requirements for a short stay of fewer than 72 hours. Check the current requirements through your Trip Planning Specialist. 

Hotel Accommodations

Travelers can choose from a variety of hotels either close to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport or in downtown Istanbul. Both the old city (e.g. Sultanahmet District) and the modern part of Istanbul (e.g. Taksim Square) host numerous hotels of all standards. All major hotel chains offer luxury and first-class accommodation both near the airport and in the city center.

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Airport Considerations

Istanbul Ataturk (LTBA)
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is located on the European side of the city, west of downtown. 
Ataturk Airport is a busy, 24/7 international airport where parking is challenged by high demand and limited capacity. Slots and prior permission is required for all operations (see NOTAM LTBA A2383/18 via the link above for full measures). Arrival and departure times must match strictly with the allocated slot times. 
Aircraft attending the airshow are likely to have some priority; however, parking will be limited to three days, as capacity allows. Any parking extensions will be considered on a day-to-day basis after arrival. 
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (LTFJ)
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, outside of the city center. Sabiha Gokcen is a 24/7 airport; however, the current airport operations experience daily interruptions with nighttime runway closures (View this NOTAM): 
  • MON: 0000-0159, 2150-2359
  • TUE: 0000-0249, 2150-2359
  • WED: 0000-0249, 2150-2359
  • THU: 0000-0249, 2150-2359
  • FRI: 0000-0249, 2300-2359
  • SAT: 0000-0159, 2150-2359
  • SUN: 0000-0249, 2300-2359
Slots and PPR are required at Sabiha Gokcen. Arrival and departure times must match strictly with the allocated slot times. 
Parking is allowed for no more than 48 hours. Should longer parking be required, please consider utilizing hangar parking. 
Tekirdag Corlu (LTBU)
Tekirdag Corlu is a 24/7 international airport with customs available. The airport does not have a VIP lounge or GA terminal; however, its lighter traffic volume allows for smoother operations. There are no slot requirements in LTBU. PPR is required. 


Ground Handling

Gözen Air Services can provide handling services at Istanbul Ataturk (LTBA), Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (LTBJ), and Tekirdag Corlu (LTBU).



All international flights, both private and commercial, are exempt from fuel taxes.

Ground Transportation

With 15 million inhabitants, Istanbul is one of the most congested cities in the world. Most travelers prefer a car with a driver to overcome the local traffic. WFS Global Trip Support offers ground transportation arrangements through vetted, high quality transportation providers. Please contact our 24/7 Operations Team at +1 281 280 2200 for assistance in making ground transportation arrangements.


Distances & Drivetimes

  • Istanbul Ataturk (LTBA) to Downtown (Taksim Square): 22 km / 12 miles - 35 min
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (LTBJ) to Downtown (Taksim Square): 41 km / 25 miles - 55 min
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (LTBJ) to Istanbul Ataturk (LTBA): 58 km / 36 miles - 1 hr 15 min
  • Tekirdag Corlu (LTBU) to Istanbul Ataturk (LTBA): 97 km / 60 miles - 1 h 30 min
  • Tekirdag Corlu (LTBU) to Downtown (Taksim Square): 105 km / 65 miles - 1 h 55 min

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