Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
|Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen
|IATA: SAW – ICAO: LTFJ|
|Owner||HEAŞ (Airport Management & Aeronautical Industries Inc)|
|Location||Pendik, İstanbul, Turkey|
|Elevation AMSL||312 ft / 95 m|
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: 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 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. The airport was planning (in 2011) to host 25 million passengers by 2023, but handled more than 28 million passengers in 2015 already.
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. 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 anna.aero.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Silk Way Airlines||Baku|
|Cargolux||Amman-Queen Alia, Luxembourg|
|MyCargo Airlines||Baku, Beirut, Frankfurt, Liege|
|Silk Road Cargo||Tashkent|
|ULS Airlines Cargo||Beirut, Benia, Misrata, Tallinn, Tripoli International Airport|
|Year||Domestic||% change||International||% change||Total||% change|
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
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.
Accidents and incidents
- On 23 December 2015 around 02:00 explosions were reported to have occurred in a parked Pegasus Airlines aircraft, killing one cleaner and wounding another inside the plane. Five nearby planes were reported to be damaged as well. The operations were reported to continue normally soon after, however with heightened security measured in place. Three days later, it was reported that "PKK-affiliated terrorist group" Kurdistan Freedom Falcons had organized the attack 
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Media related to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for LTFJ at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for SAW at Aviation Safety Network