Key airport information may also be found at: World Aero Data Website information on Turkey Aviation
In 1983, the Turkish airline market was liberalized. While before, only public companies were allowed to serve the country's airports, with the enactment of the 1983 Civil Aviation Law, private companies were admitted. It was only in 2003, that major barriers for market entry were erased, leading to a more competitive aviation market.
With 61.8 million passengers in 2015, Turkish Airlines today is one of the major airlines of the world, particularly by its number of international passengers. Operating scheduled services to 280 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas as of February 2015, Turkish Airlines is the fourth-largest carrier in the world by number of destinations, and the one that serves the most countries.
More airlines companies entered the aviation market, which are: Anadolujet, Atlas Global, Borajet, Corendon Airlines, Freebird Airlines, Izair, Onur Air, Pegasus, SunExpress, TailWind, and Turkish Airlines. There are also 4 airlines which operate as a cargo carries: MNG, MyCargo, Turkish Cargo, and ULS airlines cargo.
Flight Permits: All flights to be operated by using the airspace and airports in Turkey are carried out in accordance with the Turkish Civil Aviation Act Nr.2920, primarily, and the relevant regulations and procedures of Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) of Turkey. The applications for flight permit are assessed based on the safety, security and commercial rights of Turkey, as well as part of the inspections and regulations.