Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IATA: IST, ICAO: LTBA) (Turkish: Istanbul Atatürk Havalimanı) is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey (followed by Sabiha Gökçen International Airport). Opened in 1924 and located in Yeşilköy, on the European side of the city, it is 24 km (15 mi) west of the city centre. In 1980, the airport was renamed to Atatürk International Airport in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and the first president of the Republic of Turkey. With total passenger traffic of more than 37.3 millions for the year 2011, it was the 30th busiest airport in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and the 17th busiest in the world in terms of international passenger traffic, ranking just below Rome-Fiumicino Airport. It was Europe's 8th busiest airport in 2011, just below Munich and Rome. For the period of April 2011 to April 2012, IST's rankings improved to 26th for total passenger traffic and 15th for international passenger traffic.
Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers lists Atatürk International Airport as one of the fifty civil engineering feats in Turkey, a list of remarkable engineering projects realized in the first 50 years of the chamber.
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