Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

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İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen
International Airport

Sabiha Gökçen Uluslararası Havalimanı
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SAW is located in Turkey
Location of airport in Turkey
Airport type Public
Owner HEAŞ (Airport Management & Aeronautical Industries Inc)
Operator Malaysia Airports
Serves Istanbul
Location Pendik, İstanbul, Turkey
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 312 ft / 95 m
Coordinates 40°53′54″N 29°18′33″E / 40.89833°N 29.30917°E / 40.89833; 29.30917Coordinates: 40°53′54″N 29°18′33″E / 40.89833°N 29.30917°E / 40.89833; 29.30917
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 06/24 3,000 3,500 [1] 9,842 11,482 Concrete Concrete (Opening 2017)
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 23,508,141 Increase
Source: Turkish AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]
Inside a Pegasus Airlines flight taxiing at SAW Airport. View of the new terminal on the left.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAWICAO: LTFJ) is one of the two international airports serving İstanbul, Turkey. The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in Turkey. Located 35 km (22 mi) southeast[2] of central İstanbul, it is on the Asian side of the bi-continental city. It was built because Atatürk International Airport (on the European side) was not large enough to meet the booming passenger demands (both domestic and international). SAW's international terminal capacity was 3 million passengers per year and the domestic terminal capacity was 0.5 million passengers per year. In June 2007, Turkish conglomerate Limak Holding, India's GMR Group and Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad (MAHB) consortium gained the contract for upgrading and maintaining the airport. In mid-2008, ground was broken to upgrade the international terminal to handle 25 million passengers annually.

The new terminal was inaugurated on 31 October 2009. In 2010, Sabiha Gökçen airport handled 11,129,472 passengers, a 71% increase compared to 2009.[3] The airport is planning to host 25 million passengers by 2023.[4][5] In September 2010, the airport was voted the World's Best Airport at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London and received the award.[6] The other awards received by the airport in 2010 were: Turkey’s Most Successful Tourism Investment 2010, the highly commended award from Routes Europe and the airport is honored with Airport Traffic Growth Award by Airline News & Network Analysis web site[7]


The new terminal building of 25 million annual passenger capacity conducts domestic and international flights under one roof.

The features of and the services at the new terminal of the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and its outlying buildings include:

  • a four-storey car park with a capacity of about 4,718 vehicles + 72 bus (3.836 indoors and 882 + 72 bus outdoors).
  • a four-storey hotel with 128 rooms, adjacent to the terminal and with separate entrances at air and ground sides.
  • 112 check-in, 24 online check-in counters
  • a VIP building & apron viewing CIP halls with business lounges
  • Multi Aircraft Ramp System (MARS), allowing simultaneous service to 8 aircraft with large fuselages (IATA code E) or 16 middle-sized fuselage aircraft (IATA code C).
  • a 400 m² conference center
  • 5,000 m² food court, for cafés and restaurants belonging the leading food & beverage brands
  • a duty-free shopping area, with a ground of 4,500 square-meters; with shops at international standards.

The airport's cargo terminal has a capacity of 90,000 tons per year and is equipped with 18 cold storage depots.

Ground transport[edit]

The airport is well served by Istanbul IETT (municipal transport) and is connected to the wider trunk road network of Istanbul

Sabiha Gökçen International is connected to the city of Istanbul and that city's wider metropolitan area through a number of transport corridors. The main airport complex is easily reachable by car from the E80 (Trans-European Motorway) which passes through the Istanbul Metropolitan Area, and is served by the following public bus lines:

  • KM22 – ISG International Airport – Kartal Metro Station (transfer for Istanbul Metro line M4). The quickest way to reach Istanbul Metro.
  • E3 – ISG International Airport – 4.Levent (transfer for Istanbul Metro)
  • E9 – ISG International Airport – Bostancı
  • E10,E11 – ISG International Airport – Kurtköy – Kadıköy (transfer for Haydarpaşa Station and İDO ferry services to Eminönü and Karaköy)
  • 16S – ISG International Airport – Yenişehir – Kozyatağı- Metrobüs Uzunçayır (transfer to Metrobüs)
  • 18H - ISG International Airport-Sultanbeyli
  • 132 – Kartal – Tepeören

HAVAŞ shuttle services have been stopped in Greater Istanbul Metropolitan Area.[8] However, it is still possible to use this service from the city of İzmit.

The shuttle services are operated by HAVATAŞ after stopped HAVAŞ operation. The busses go to Taksim and Kadikoy from Airport.[9]

AKMIS SEYAHAT Agency City Busses have schedule services nearly cities which are Bursa, Kocaeli and Sakarya. The Agency have an agreement with Pegasus Airlines which is to use Airline Logo their Vehicle Covering.

The bus lines listed above are often much more comfortable option than using Metrobüs. Metrobüs vehicles are almost always overcrowded and have very limited space to host one's luggage. Regardless, if one really would like to use Metrobüs, then there are transfer options from bus line E-10/E-11 in Uzunçayır stop or using M4 metro line to the Kartal station and from there, using KM22 buses to the airport.

In addition to this, the airport is located just 14 km from the town of Pendik's railway and sea-taxi stations. Moreover plans to extend the Istanbul LRT to the airport as part of the ongoing Marmaray project are currently under consideration. Taxis are also a common means of transport at the airport and there is a large rental-car facility.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 22 June 2015)
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
Atlasjet Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Ercan, Izmir, Jeddah, Mykonos
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Borajet Adana, Ankara, Edremit, Izmir, Tokat, Trabzon, Uşak
Seasonal: Dole, Gökçeada, Mykonos, Rhodes, Skopje
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Eindhoven
flydubai Dubai-International
Flynas Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
Germania Charter: Hannover[10]
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
Grozny Avia Makhachkala, Nalchik, Simferopol[11][12] (via Anapa)
Jordan Aviation Amman-Marka
Kharkiv Airlines Kharkiv, Odessa[13]
Meraj Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini[14]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal: Bergen
Pegasus Airlines Adana, Almaty, Amasya/Merzifon, Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Athens, Bahrain, Baku, Balıkesir/Edremit, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Batman, Beirut, Belgrade, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bishkek, Bodrum, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dalaman, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Doha, Dubai-International, Düsseldorf, Elazığ, Ercan, Erzincan, Erzurum, Frankfurt, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa, Geneva, Hamburg, Hatay, Hurghada, Izmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kharkiv, Konya, Krasnodar, Kuwait, London-Gatwick (begins 1 May 2015),[15] London-Stansted, Lviv, Lyon (begins 29 March 2015),[16] Madrid, Malatya, Mardin, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa (begins 29 March 2015),[17] Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück (begins 24 June 2015),[18] Muş, Nevşehir, Nice (begins 22 May 2015),[16] Nuremberg, Paris-Orly, Prague, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint-Étienne, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Sarajevo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sivas, Skopje, Sochi,[19] Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tirana, Trabzon, Van, Vienna, Zürich
Summer seasonal: Hannover
Pegasus Asia
operated by Air Manas
Qatar Airways Doha
Qeshm Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
RusLine Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Voronezh
Syphax Airlines Sfax
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Stuttgart
SunExpress Deutschland Dortmund [20] Amsterdam (ends 29 March 2015), Eindhoven, Rotterdam France Paris-Orly [21]
Turkish Airlines Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Baku, Barcelona (begins 25 May 2015),[22] Berlin-Tegel, Bodrum, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn (begins 26 June 2015),[22] Dalaman, Düsseldorf, Ercan, Frankfurt, Izmir, Kiev-Boryspil, Kuwait, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 27 April 2015),[22] Rotterdam, Sarajevo,[23] Stuttgart (begins 27 April 2015),[22] Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion,[24] Tbilisi, Vienna
Turkish Airlines
operated by AnadoluJet
Adana, Ankara, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Edremit, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kars, Kayseri, Mardin, Samsun, Sivas, Trabzon, Van
Ural Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo[25]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona (begins 20 June 2015)[26]
Wizz Air Budapest


Entrance of Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
The departures level at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is Pegasus Airlines' main hub
Airlines Destinations
Buraq Air Misrata
Silk Way Airlines Bakü
Cargolux Amman-Queen Alia, Luxembourg
MyCargo Airlines Baku, Beirut, Frankfurt, Liege
Silk Road Cargo Taşkent
TNT Airways Liege
ULS Airlines Cargo Beirut, Benia, Misrata, Tallinn, Tripoli

Traffic statistics[edit]

İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport passenger traffic statistics[27]
Year Domestic  % change International  % change Total  % change
2015 (Jan.-Feb.) 2,386,453 Increase 16% 1,233,841 Increase 16% 3,620,294 Increase 16%
2014 15,008,600 Increase 26% 8,499,541 Increase 29% 23,508,141 Increase 27%
2013 11,947,424 Increase 23% 6,694,418 Increase 35% 18,641,842 Increase 27%
2012 9,486,469 Increase 9% 5,000,773 Increase 13% 14,487,242 Increase 10%
2011 8,704,249 Increase 16% 4,420,421 Increase 20% 13,124,670 Increase 17%
2010 7,435,158 Increase 65% 3,694,314 Increase 84% 11,129,472 Increase 71%
2009 4,547,673 Increase 63% 2,092,285 Increase 33% 6,639,958 Increase 52%
2008 2,764,856 Increase 9% 1,516,337 Increase 27% 4,281,193 Increase 15%
2007 2,528,549 Increase 17% 1,191,946 Increase 56% 3,720,495 Increase 28%
2006 2,153,561 Increase 285% 762,893 Increase 66% 2,916,454 Increase 186%
2005 559,824 Increase 5,323% 459,922 Increase 96% 1,019,746 Increase 315%
2004 10,323 Increase 265% 235,278 Increase 52% 245,601 Increase 56%
2003 2,826 154,346 157,172


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  2. ^ a b EAD Basic. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  3. ^ 2010 airport statistics. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  4. ^ İstanbul's 2nd Airport To Reach 25 Million Passengers By 2023. (2011-05-24). Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  5. ^ Sabiha Gökçen'de rekor yolcu sayısı. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  6. ^ Sabiha Gökçen dünyanın en iyi havalimanı seçildi – Hürriyet Ekonomi. Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  7. ^ "EURO ANNIES 2011: Airport Awards". Airline Network News & Analysis. Retrieved 19 May 2011.  In December 2013, MAHB acquired GMR's 40 percent stake in a deal worthed 225 million euros.
  8. ^ "HAVAŞ passenger transportation services have been stopped". Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Грозный Авиа" запустил регулярное авиасообщение Симферополь-Стамбул (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "İstanbul-Simferopol seferleri başlıyor" (in Turkish). Bağımsız Havacılar. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Kharkiv Airlines begin schedule flights to Turkey
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  15. ^ "Pegasus to Begin Istanbul - London Gatwick Flight from May 2015". Airline Route. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Pegasus Airlines Adds New French Routes in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pegasus Airlines to Start Milan Malpensa Service from late-March 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Pegasus Revises Planned New Routes in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Pegasus Airlines Adds Adler/Sochi Service in March 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  20. ^ SunExpress Deutschaland begin service to Dortmund
  21. ^ France begin service to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport from April 2014.
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  24. ^ L, J (9 September 2013). "Turkish Airlines Expands Tel Aviv Operation in W13". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
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  27. ^ Statistics

External links[edit]

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