Routes World 2023

Bringing together the global route development community

Istanbul, Türkiye
15 – 17 October 2023

About the Host

The 28th Routes World will be hosted by iGA.iGA logo

İGA ​​(İstanbul Grand Airport) was founded on October 7, 2013, to construct and operate the new Istanbul Airport over the next 25 years. The construction will take a total of four phases to complete. After the completed first phase, consisting of three runways and a terminal, the airport currently has a passenger capacity of 90 million.

Why Istanbul header

Opening in October 2018, following a first phase expansion and completion in 2020, iGA - Istanbul Airport is now one of the world's largest airports for passenger volume with an expected 200 million volume annually.

Located on the European side of Istanbul, the airport sees over 300 direct flights to destinations across 5 continents. With easy access to the city center, Istanbul Airport makes the city a well-connected location.


64 million passengers passed through the airport in 2022


Currently flying to over 300 destinations

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Over 1 million flights in the past 4 years


Cargo flights to over 90 destinations


Over 280 shops and restaurants in the Airport


Over 180 million passengers in the past 4 years

İGA ​​(İstanbul Grand Airport) - Conde Nast

The airport's structure boasts a unique architectural design combining forward-looking and functional elements. Inspired by the city's cultural heritage, the terminals reflect the artistic richness of Istanbul's historic mosques, baths and domes.

Istanbul Airport is the hub of Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Türkiye. Turkish Airlines operates a network of domestic and regional services throughout Turkey and the Middle East, as well as international services to Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia.

Istanbul Airport has won an outstanding number of awards including most recently:

  • Skytrax / Best Airports 2023: 60+ million passengers
  • Skytrax / World’s Most Family-Friendly Airport
  • ACI Havalimanı Hizmet Kalitesi (ASQ) Ödülleri/ Best Airport over 40 Million Passengers in Europe
  • The Best Airport - ACI
  • Skytrax 5-star airport
  • ACI Havalimanı Hizmet Kalitesi (ASQ) Ödülleri/ Most Enjoyable Airport in Europe
  • ACI Havalimanı Hizmet Kalitesi (ASQ) Ödülleri/ Cleanest Airport in Europe
  • Skytrax/ World’s Best Airport Shopping
  • Skytrax/ Best Airport in Southern Europe
  • Stevie US- Silver Stevie Winner- Achievement in Customer Service Automation
  • Skytrax/ World’s Most Family-Friendly Airport
  • Skytrax/ Best Airport in Southern Europe
  • Travel+Leisure Magazine – World’s Best Awards 2021
  • ACI Europe Best Airport and Accessible Airport in Europe 2021
  • Airport of the Year - Air Transport Awards 2022
  • APEX – Outstanding Achievement 2022
  • ACI Europe Eco Innovation Award in Europe 2022

Istanbul Airport Fast Facts:

  • 87 Operating Airlines (including 30+ new airlines)
  • 300+ Routes
  • 1400+ Daily ATM
  • 200,000+ Daily passengers
  • IST Self-Transfer Product à Istanbul World Connect
  • Busiest European Hub Airport in 2020,2021 and 2022
  • Leading Hub with Fastest Recovery
  • Skytrax 5 Star Airport and Skytrax 5 Star COVID-19 Airport
  • No Night Curfew, No slot restriction, No capacity constraint
  • 3 Independent Runways – Triple landing and take-off
  • World's best airport in 2022 chosen Istanbul Airport by Condé Nast Traveler

Why Istanbul?