I’m going to the airport, and I will tell you a little bit about the New Airport of Istanbul. The first thing to consider about departure from Istanbul is that is there always traffic jam in the city, and they also are very long. The minimum travel time that needs to be planned from city center is 1 hour. But better to plan a little more. Here we are on the spot. This is New International Airport of Istanbul. The scale is incredible! Parking for several thousand cars. It has several levels and you can see from here that the departure zone is on the upper level, where I am now, and the lower one. The arrival zone is further. Well, I am going inside. At the entrance you understand how huge the building is inside. The new airport is the base for Turkish Airlines. I went through the control at the entrance and immediately found information desk. Information board with check-in counters also are at the entrance. I counted 16 blocks with registration desks, all of them are in Latin letters. The terminal itself consists of a main unit and five branches. Before in front of registration desks there are a lot of devices for self check-ins. I am going to check in. Since I previously checked in through the application, I only ask to print out my boarding pass just in case. I am already passing to control security. But the central part does not begin with security control, but with border controls. After passport control and the security control we have time to look around. Let’s go to the left branch or, more correctly, to the left branches, as there are several of them. There is a huge information board, easy to navigate. By the way I found out from this information board, what is my gate. Almost immediately from the entrance begins duty free zone. There are restaurants on upper floors, and shops are below. Also here is a large number of various recreation areas at almost every turn. Feeling is that you are in a shopping center, but not at the airport. Here is an interesting decorated area, it looks like an old Turkish bazaar. I am heading towards a group of gates “A” and “B”. The terminal is on several levels. I was at the top level, now I want to check what is on lower level I came to the zone of the gates “A” and “B”. “A” is the side to the left, “B” to the right. I want to recall that this is the left branch of the terminal. If you go from the extreme point to the extreme point, the distance will be not less than a kilometer 1.12 miles Therefore, here are everywhere tracks with accelerators. I am heading to gates “A” Here is still a lot of free space in zone “A”, not everything is occupied yet. In the branch of the group of gates “A” we visited, now we are going to the branch of the group of gates “B”. It is the farthest point of the branch of the group of gates “B”. Here is a cafe, recreation areas, a small garden park. In addition to the seats where you can relax, you can also see tables for work. There are sockets, you can recharge your devices. Now I am back to get to the opposite branch. When I returned to the main terminal, I have same feeling that I came to the mall. In addition to many cafes, restaurants and shops here are many currency exchanges. A food court has interesting design – the impression is if you get on the street because everything is laid out with paving stones. As if you walk through the narrow streets of Istanbul. This food court is part of a zone stylized as an old Turkish bazaar. Now we heading to the central part of the branch, here are “C”, “D”, “E” gates. Electric vehicles move around the terminal, transporting passengers who have difficulties to reach on their own. The tracks for electric cars are marked with this turquoise color. Now I’m going to the branch “D”. To get into the branch «D», you must go down to the level below. At the end of the terminal “D” I see recreation areas. Here is no park. But everything is equipped, with all you need to rest. Now I will return to the main terminal in order to go to the right branches. So, what I managed to figure out. Branches “A” and “B” is on the first floor, so you need to go down from here to this level. “C” is the central part of the terminal. “D” is the central branch, but you also need to go down there. And now we will go to the right branch. That is, we were in the left and center branches, and now we will go to the right branch and see the branches “E” and “F”. Gates “E” is also the upper level. Passed the gate “E”, I go down to the “F”. I went down to the gate “F”, it also serves international flights, located on farthest right part of the terminal. And “G”, as I understand it, is domestic flights, because the entrance there is restricted from the international part. Here are children’s rooms, even with slot machines. I reached the extreme point of the “F” gates, here is also a small park area with flowers, real live trees. Everything is very comfortable, you can relax. And that is what most people do. For boarding for my flight became available, this is “F7A”. I will follow it now. I have found my gate. Navigation is very simple. The airport is huge, 1.4 million square meters. It is very large area. Passengers traffic, which is already ready to pass this terminal, is about 100 million passengers a year. And the possibility of the airport itself to expand, as per project up to 200 million. I was looking for a map, but it turned out to be on the board pass.