Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

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Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
International Airport

İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen
Uluslararası Havalimanı
ISG Intl Logo (EN).jpg
Sabiha Gokcen transport.JPG
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
SAW is located in Turkey
Location of airport in Turkey
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,000 9,842 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 23,508,141 Increase
Source: Turkish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

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[1] of central İstanbul, it is on the Asian side of the bi-continental city and serves as the hub for Pegasus Airlines as well as a base for Turkish Airlines and Borajet.


The airport was built because Atatürk International Airport (on the European side) was not large enough to meet the booming passenger demands (both domestic and international). 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.

SAW's international terminal capacity originally was 3 million passengers per year and the domestic terminal capacity was 0.5 million passengers per year. In 2010, Sabiha Gökçen airport handled 11,129,472 passengers, a 71% increase compared to 2009.[2] The airport is planning to host 25 million passengers by 2023.[3][4]

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.[5] 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[6]


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 Gokcen 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]

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
  • 130H – ISG International Airport – Tuzla
  • 132 – Kartal – Tepeören

HAVAŞ shuttle services have been stopped in Greater Istanbul Metropolitan Area.[7] 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.[8]

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, Mykonos[9]
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Algerie Oran
Seasonal: Algiers
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Tangier
AtlasGlobal Sharjah[10]
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Ercan, Izmir, Jeddah, Mykonos
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Borajet Adana, Ankara, Cologne/Bonn, Edremit, Izmir, Tokat, Trabzon, Uşak
Seasonal: Çanakkale, Dole, Gökçeada, Mykonos, Rhodes, Skopje
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Emirates Dubai-International (begins 15 December 2015)[11]
FlyBaghdad Baghdad, Najaf
flydubai Dubai-International
Flynas Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
Germania Charter: Hannover[12]
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
Grozny Avia Makhachkala
Jordan Aviation Amman-Marka
NordStar Mineralnye Vody,Grozny
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen
Pegasus Airlines Adana, Almaty, Amasya/Merzifon, Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Athens, Baghdad,[13] Bahrain, Baku, Balıkesir/Edremit, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Batman, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bishkek, Bodrum, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dalaman, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Doha, Dubai-International, Düsseldorf, Eilat-Ovda (begins 1 December 2015),[14] Elazığ, Erbil,[13] Ercan, Erzincan, Erzurum, Frankfurt, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa, Geneva, Hamburg, Hatay, Hurghada, Izmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kastamonu,[15] Kars, Kayseri, Kharkiv, Konya, Krasnodar, Kutaisi,[16] Kuwait, London-Gatwick,[17] London-Stansted, Lviv, Lyon,[18] Madrid, Malatya, Mardin, Marseille, Milan-Bergamo,[19] Milan-Malpensa,[20] Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück ,[21] Muş, Nevşehir, Nice,[18] Nuremberg, Oslo-Gardermoen, Ordu-Giresun, Paris-Orly, Prague, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint-Étienne, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Sarajevo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sivas, Skopje, Sochi,[22] Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tirana, Trabzon, Van, Vienna, Zaporizhia (begins 11 December 2016),[23] Zürich
Seasonal: Hannover
Pegasus Asia
operated by Air Manas
Qatar Airways Doha
RusLine Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Voronezh
Syphax Airlines Sfax
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Stuttgart
SunExpress Deutschland Dortmund[24]
Transavia Eindhoven
Transavia France Paris-Orly[25]
Turkish Airlines Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Baghdad,[26] Bahrain,[27] Baku, Barcelona,[28] Berlin-Tegel, Bodrum, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn,[28] Dalaman, Düsseldorf, Erbil,[29] Ercan, Frankfurt, Izmir, Kiev-Boryspil, Kuwait, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion,[30] Venice,[31] Vienna
Turkish Airlines
operated by AnadoluJet
Adana, Ankara, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Edremit, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kars, Kayseri, Mardin, Nevşehir, Ordu-Giresun, Samsun, Sivas, Trabzon, Van
Wizz Air Budapest


Airlines Destinations
West Atlantic London-Heathrow
Buraq Air Misrata
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Cargolux Amman-Queen Alia, Luxembourg
MyCargo Airlines Baku, Beirut, Frankfurt, Liege
Silk Road Cargo Tashkent
TNT Airways Liege
ULS Airlines Cargo Beirut, Benia, Misrata, Tallinn, Tripoli International Airport

Traffic statistics[edit]

Check-in area
Apron view
İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport passenger traffic statistics[32]
Year Domestic  % change International  % change Total  % change
2015 (Oct.) 15,540,459 Increase 24% 8,137,028 Increase 12% 23,677,487 Increase 19%
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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  24. ^ "SunExpress Germany to Add Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Dortmund Service from Nov 2014". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Transavia France Expands Paris Orly Service with A320 Operation from April 2014". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Turkish Airlines Adds Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Baghdad Route from late-Oct 2015". 
  27. ^ "TUIfly Adds Hamburg – Salzburg Service from Dec 2015". 
  28. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines S15 Europe Service Increase as of 23DEC14". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Turkish Airlines Launches a New Route from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Erbil" (Press release). Turkish Airlines. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  30. ^ L, J (9 September 2013). "Turkish Airlines Expands Tel Aviv Operation in W13". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "Turkish Airlines Adds Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen – Venice Service from late-Aug 2015". 
  32. ^ DHMİ Genel Müdürlüğü. "Devlet Hava Meydanları İşletmesi Genel Müdürlüğü". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

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