The cheapest times to fly from IST to ISU are

  • May 14th to July 15th
  • October 15th to March 25th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from IST to ISU is early February. Prices can be as high as $558 for Thursday flights during late August to early September, or as low as $282 for Monday flights around early February.


When to Fly to Sulaymaniyah

Flying from Istanbul (IST) to Sulaymaniyah (ISU) will usually cost between $287 to $512 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early February with an average ticket price of $392. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late August to early September, with an average price of $512. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $120 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $474 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IST to ISU flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the IST to ISU route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

IST to ISU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IST to ISU flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Istanbul. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.3, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Thursdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $77 (16%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $400. Return trip prices are from the ISU to IST flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from IST to ISU can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 43 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from IST to ISU while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Hakkari Yüksekova Airport (YKO) in Hakkari

  • 150 miles (241 km) away from ISU
  • Usually 79.54% less expensive than ISU
  • Nonstop flights available

See IST to YKO flights

Destination alternative #2: Erbil International Airport (EBL) in Erbil

  • 90 miles (145 km) away from ISU
  • Usually 20.46% less expensive than ISU
  • Nonstop flights available

See IST to EBL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IST to ISU? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: atlasglobal, Azerbaijan Airlines, Emirates, Iraqi, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sulaymaniyah International Airport to Ataturk Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 968 miles or 1558 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IST to ISU?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IST to ISU flight is about 2 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between Istanbul and Sulaymaniyah?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 5 available flights from IST to ISU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code IST
Origination airport name Ataturk Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 41
Longitude 28.8

Return Airport

Destination code ISU
Destination airport name Sulaymaniyah International Airport
City Sulaymaniyah
Country Iraq
Latitude 35.6
Longitude 45.3


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