Proposed Congress Venue will be Istanbul Congress Center ICC and are both located nearby Taksim Square, the modern center of Istanbul.  The new Istanbul Airport (one of the biggest airports in the World) is located around 55 min drive from the Congress Venue (and hotels district).  The Asian side Sabiha Gokcen Airport is also located around 50 min drive from the Venue. 



a) Turkey having bilateral aviation agreements with 168 countries, is one of the countries with the highest number of flight networks in the world.   Turkey in total has 7 domestic centers, 53 domestic flight points, and 286 international flight points abroad available. 


Turkish Airlines (And AnadoluJet by THY)  has more than 342 new-generation aircraft. It has become #1 in the World, flying to 53 domestic and 342 international destinations in 129 countries (as passenger flights).  


Pegasus Airlines flies scheduled services to 35 Destinations in Turkey and 75 in the rest of the world, with a total network of 110 destinations in 42 countries.  Pegasus Airlines’ fleet consists of 83 aircraft. 


Sun Express Airlines has a fleet of 75 aircrafts flying to more than 100 destinations, including about 20 cities across Turkey. 


b) Istanbul is connected to more than 50 countries – 1,5 billion people within 3,5 hours of flight time. 

Over 100 countries’ citizens can travel to Turkey without a visa. 


c) Sample origin Paris:  there are 15 flights a day from France to Istanbul starting at 205 Euro 

d) Some of the direct flying times: 

New York-Istanbul   10:20 hours 

London-Istanbul        3:45 hours  
Paris-Istanbul       3:25 hours 
Frankfurt-Istanbul     3:05 hours 

Milan-Istanbul 2:45 hours  

Moscow-Istanbul       3:05 hours 

Hong Kong-Istanbul 11:50 hours 

Beijing-Istanbul        10:20 hours 


Turkish Railways Authority (TCDD) has regular train schedules from Istanbul to Budapest – Hungary, Bucarest – Romania, Kishinev – Moldova, Salonica – Greece and Sofia – Bulgaria in Europe, or to Damascus Syria, and Tehran – Iran in the Middle East. For example, Istanbul – Salonica takes about 12 hours by train, and  Istanbul – Tehran takes about 68 hours.  International trains arrive at Sirkeci station on the European side, or Haydarpasa station on the Asian side of Istanbul depending on where you’re coming; from the West or from the East. Once you’re in Istanbul, you can get a train connection mainly to Ankara, Eskisehir, Denizli, Van, Kars, Gaziantep, Adana, and Konya.