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| I have, unfortunately, had to travel through this airport quite a bit since moving to Ankara a year and a half ago. I really dislike this airport. It’s old and so looks dirty even if it’s clean. It has very uncomfortable, outdated seating and there’s not enough of it. Lighting is all long fluorescent tubes. The few restaurants are small, cramped and there are not any international options. There’s basically no shopping or other entertainment. So if you’re stuck here during a long layover, lots of luck! Even in the international terminal, few staff speak decent English, so communication is very trying unless you know Turkish. (Compare that to Paris where they try to speak to everyone in French before begrudgingly speaking near-perfect English). Security is shocking for a westerner, especially if you’re a woman. While they will assign you a female agent, if you want a private screening you have to ask for it, and there’s no using back of the hands or verbal warning about searching private areas. Bathrooms are tiny and always crowded and there’s always water splashed on the floors and all over the sinks from the way people wash. That brings me to the type of fellow passengers you’ll be dealing with - lots of people from cultures with different ideas about manners and personal space and hygiene and staring. There is free WiFi, but connecting is impossible if you don’t have a Turkish phone number to get a pin texted to you. Plus, the instructions are in Turkish. You can try to find a coffee shop like Mado and use their WiFi, but then there’s the language barrier again when you need the password. Don’t be surprised and try not to be offended if they simply take your phone out of your hands to type the password in themselves rather than attempt to communicate it in English. One good thing I can say is that they have clear signs and I’ve never been lost or very confused about where to go. Overall, the airport needs a major makeover/renovation and they need to hire staff who are much more proficient in English.