Private Flights to Istanbul, Turkey
Charter a private jet and fly to Istanbul, the economic, cultural, and historic center of Turkey. Istanbul connects Asia and Europe both physically and culturally, and has become a popular destination in business aviation. Renting a private jet and flying into either (LTBA, IST) Istanbul Atatürk Airport or (LTFJ, SAW) Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel, and our team is here to offer the highest standards in executive and leisure travel. Air Charter Advisors offers on-demand private jet charter service to/from Istanbul, and with access to thousands of private jets and turbo-props worldwide, we’re confident we can arrange the perfect aircraft for your trip, whether you’re flying internationally or domestically.
Our distinguished jet charter clientele has ranged from foreign dignitaries and royalty to famous actors, musicians, and fortune 500 executives. Our experience working with this type of client has given us insight as to what makes a trip go from great to amazing; in-flight Wi-Fi, gourmet customized catering, luxury ground transportation, and ultra-plush interiors: these are just a few of the experience enhancing amenities we can arrange. If you have a special request or stipulation for your charter flight, just let us know and we’ll make it happen.
When you work with our private aviation team, you’ll enjoy the most hassle-free and transparent booking service available in the jet charter industry. You get exactly what you ask for during your private flight, with no surprises, and no hidden fees. Enjoy the peace of mind you receive from working with a charter broker you can trust, and we’ll be your local and global aviation solution for luxury air travel, aircraft acquisition and private jet management. We offer unlimited free quotes, so request one now or call to book your luxury private flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
Airports for Private Charter Flights to Istanbul
(LTBA, IST) Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul – Turkey
Longest Runway: 9,843 Feet
(LTFJ, SAW) Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Istanbul – Turkey
Longest Runway: 9,842 Feet
Culture in Istanbul
Istanbul is one of the most popular destinations in the world for private jet charter flights, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the segue between two continents, Asia and Europe, and is truly a city that never sleeps. The nightlife is often described as amazing and eclectic as any other metropolis city. However, Istanbul definitely puts an ethnic spin on the regular “city that never sleeps” moniker. Estimates vary, but it’s safe to say more than 14 million people call Istanbul home. Every ethnicity is represented, and racial tension rarely rears its ugly head. The Turks are known for their hospitality, and it extends to just about everyone.
After Paris and London, Istanbul receives more visitors than any other city on the European continent. This is quickly turning Istanbul into a trendy destination for nightlife, shopping, and eating. There’s a bit of international spin on just about every sector in the town now. Nouveau Turkish cuisine peppers the streets, while top 40 music plays in packed dance clubs and English speaking bars. The shopping has always been famous in the city, and now all of the major labels are represented in the center. It’s a city where you can get everything. However, Istanbul is anything but generic, and you’ll never forget that you’re in Turkey after your private charter jet arrives.
Nightlife in Istanbul
Our private jet charter clients generally agree Istanbul’s nightlife is one of the best in Europe. Bar life and club culture pervade in the Turkish capital, but definitely not in the way you’re thinking. Everything, for the most part, is going to have hints of Turkish culture and history sprinkled throughout. For instance, the local nightlife still typically takes place within meyhanes. These local watering holes have existed in the capital for centuries, and aren’t like to be going anywhere anytime soon. You’ll see them all throughout the city. You can’t miss them, because there will be loud raki-fueled Turkish language discussions emanating from within them. All of our jet charter clients should stop in to at least a few after flying private to Istanbul.
The nightlife changes a lot depending on the season, and also during the holiday of Ramadan – though if you’re just visiting, many of the touristy areas will be unaffected by the holiday. Summer is considered the best time for visiting if you want to party. This is when everyone hits the town looking forward to a night out, drinking raki, beer, and eating Turkish tapas. The most popular places are typical rooftop and open-air bars, which fill up extremely quickly. Turkish people absolutely love going out, so it’s completely necessary to make reservations beforehand. Also, if your destination is a popular club, then make sure you dress to the 9’s. The face control at some of the venues, especially later in the evening, is notoriously strict – making sure that only the city’s best dressed make it into these premier venues.
The number one district for nightlife is definitely going to be Beyoğlu, full of every type of bar you can think of. It’s a bit touristy, but even locals agree it’s a royally good time. There are other popular districts catering to different crowds; if you’re interested in a more cultural experience, but still bumping into the wee hours of the morning, the up and coming Karaköy district is an awesome choice with lots of locals and great drink prices lining the streets.
On top of the city’s fun drinking scene, the live music scene is really gaining some recognition for its snowballing success. Major bands, mostly European, are starting to book shows at the venues throughout the town. On top of that, Jazz is enjoying a substantial renaissance in the city, and lots jazz clubs are popping up around the town. Whatever you plan on doing after your private flight to Istanbul, you’re sure to have a great time.
Shopping in Istanbul
The Turks have been making awesome shopping districts for centuries. The iconic Grand Bazaar, for instance, has been open since 1461; think of it as the world’s oldest shopping venue. It also happens to be the largest in Europe. The Spice Bazaar is just as storied, and just as impressive.
People weave in and out of shops underneath domed ceilings, and the spice and clothing hawkers beckon while showing off their wares. Even if you’re not into shopping, it’s a cultural and historic experience that honestly shouldn’t be missed. If you consider yourself a bit of a shopaholic, then you’re going to love this city. Our jet charter clients always come back with a lot more than they left with, and that’s part of the city’s charm. You’ll have no trouble finding international brands, but the city definitely has its own products that should be prioritized; you won’t really find them elsewhere.
Certain districts are better for finding certain types of stores, so you’ll want to plan accordingly. Clothes are usually a pretty good place to start, so head over to the Nisantasi neighborhood – also known as the high fashion district. Here you’ll find boutiques with clothes from major Turkish designers like Arzu Kaprol and Atil Kutoglu, and of course Chanel, Prada, and other designer brands. There’s absolutely no issue finding a fun store after flying private to Istanbul.
The Grand Bazaar is your best bet for kilims/carpets, souvenirs, and other specialty knickknacks. Jewelry for example, is a staple of the local shopping scene, and the Grand Bazaar has it in large quantities, great quality, and classic design. Aside from jewelry and clothes, one of the most thriving scenes in the area is the antique dealing scene. Many of the items on display will easily outdate a good portion of western civilization, and they’re pretty, so it’s a win-win.
Food in Istanbul
Despite a shared name, the local cuisine very rarely calls for turkey meat, and you might get a weird look or two if you go around asking for it. No, Istanbul cuisine follows many of the traditions set forth by its Ottoman predecessors. Seafood, lamb, sweetbreads, light spices, and awesome late night snack stalls characterize the local dining experience, and you’re going to love it. Istanbullus don’t mess around when it comes to chowing down, so restaurants who aren’t up to snuff are summarily chased out of town.
You can expect fresh ingredients and careful preparation; you can expect quality – even in the food stalls lining the streets. Some of the most popular foods go hand in hand with drinking. There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a crunchy dilli kaşarlı tost (grilled cheese with beef tongue) after a long night of raki-fueled debauchery. Another very popular late night snack is the iconic Offal. Though the preparation will vary, it will generally consist of a sweetbread wrapped in lamb’s intestines; it might sound a bit interesting according to typical western standards, but it really is tasty.
Business in Istanbul
Istanbul is the business and financial hub of Turkey, as well as one of the most important cities in European-Asian economics. If your executive teams needs to arrange a charter flight, you’ve come to the right place. Wyvern certified, we use only FAR Part 135 (or foreign equivalent) air carriers, meeting the same standards many corporate flight departments use for their fleets of business jets. Working with our team gives you peace of mind, allowing you to stay focused on the task at hand. Once you arrive in Turkey, our Istanbul Jet Charter team can arrange for luxury ground transportation or a helicopter charter to be standing by, quickly getting you around the city to meetings, conferences and other business events.
Private flights to Istanbul are common with our jet charter clients, and while tourism is a strong factor, more often than not jet charters heading to Istanbul arrive on business. It’s the third biggest city in Europe, and one of the biggest in the world. The population is massive, the culture is massive, and the economy is just as big – if not bigger. The gross domestic product sits at a comfortable $301.1 billion, and Istanbul accounts for over a quarter of Turkey’s GDP. If you’re doing business in Turkey, then you’re almost certainly going to be making a stop in the economic capital.
Istanbul’s industrial economy has its hand in just about every pot you can think of, and its geographical advantages bolster its already strong financial position. With uncontested access to the Bosphorus Waterway (one of the busiest straits in the world), Istanbul regulates the passage of over 200 million tons of oil every single year. Istanbul also boasts three fully-functional sea ports that allow uninhibited exporting and importing, and docking plus service fees. Aside from the international business of the city, tourism plays a large role as well; as one of the most visited places in Europe, Istanbul welcomed over 12 million visitors in 2015.
Istanbul Luxury Hotels
Istanbul gets more visitors every single year; it’s really becoming quite the hot spot for travelers and expats. And with the increase, the city’s developers are hard at work to have enough accommodations for all of them. Whether it’s adding a new suite to their current location, opening up a few new boutiques in the outskirts, or planning a new mega-hotel, there’s always something new happening in the Istanbul hotel scene.
Most cities have a few districts with their own unique appeal. One for food, one for nightlife, one for shopping, and so forth: Istanbul has this, but the hotels right in the center are just too good to pass up. The public transportation is awesome, so you can make your way to the site of the day with ease, and then head back to the hotel for some rest among the domes and spires of the historic center. These days, along with the iconic waterfront views and standard amenities, Istanbul hotels are offering much more ethnically accurate accommodations. Contemporary design is waning, while Turkish style makes its way back onto the scene.
Regardless of the type of hotel you prefer, the city will definitely have something that works for you; so you can keep the comfort from your private flight going once you land. However, it always helps to have the right hotel picked out before leaving. If you’re still trying to find just the right one, keep on reading and check out our list of the best hotels in the area. The list is based on jet charter client feedback and online reviews, so it’s a great place to start your search. Read on to check out Istanbul Jet Charter’s list of the absolute best places to stay after your luxury private flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
+90 212 315 1234
Park Hyatt – Macka Palas
+90 212 317 7700
+90 212 275 8888
+90 212 381 2121
The W Hotel
+90 212 251 4646
The Marmara Pera
+90 212 368 0000
The St. Regis
+90 212 363 3300
The Grand Tarabya
+90 212 326 4646
+90 212 377 4000
Pera Palace Hotel
+90 212 516 1640
Airports for Private Flights to Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is home to two major international airports, meaning heavy jets, light jets, helicopters, and turbo props are all available for your flight; both airports are capable of accommodating any size jet in most weather conditions.
- (LTBA, IST) Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul – Turkey
- Longest Runway: 9,843 Feet
- Fromerly known as Yeşilköy Airport
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the main international gateway into Turkey, servicing commercial and private aviation in Yeşilköy. It’s location of about 30 minutes diving time from the city’s center makes it popular for business jet and executive charter flights. (IST) Ataturk Airport originally opened in 1924, but it was initially called Yeşilköy Airport until the 1980s, when it was renamed in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. Ataturk is the 10th busiest airport in the world, and third busiest in Europe, just beating out the popular business jet haven of Frankfurt Airport.
- (LTFJ, SAW) Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Istanbul – Turkey
- Longest Runway: 9,842 Feet
Named after Turkey’s first female combat pilot, Sabiha Gokcen is Istanbul’s second international airport, located in the Pendik district near the F1 circuit of Istanbul Park. The airport opened in 2003 to help with the increased traffic of Atatürk. (SAW) Sabiha Gokcen Int’l features a dedicated private jet terminal, offering a VIP lounge, as well luggage check-in and other formalities handled separate from commercial passenger terminals. Sabiha Gokcen hits its yearly peak in private jet traffic around the time of the Turkish Grand Prix and towards the end of the year during the holiday travel season.