Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW/LTFJ)

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Sabiha Gökçen – a well-placed alternative airport for Istanbul benefiting from access to downtown via two major highways. The 25M capacity terminal has been opened in October 2009 and it serves for both domestic and international operations.

SAW is home to Pegasus Airlines – dominating the ramp on this day. Sunexpress – a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa – is also based at the airport helping to generate +28% growth in 2007-08.

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Turkish Airlines Plane

Turkish Airlines launching flights to major European, CIS and Middle East destinations from Sabiha Gökçen by March 31st, 2012
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Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • The Catchment Area: The prosperous region including the most developed cities of Turkey with the highest GDP.
  • One of the Most Visited Destinations: İstanbul is one of the fastest growing destinations in the world and it’s becoming a center of  attraction.
  • The Fastest Growing Airport: It has been awarded as Europe’s fastest growing airport for consecutive 5 years.
  • The One Terminal Concept: It has one terminal concept offering an advantage for transit passengers by keeping the transfer time at minimum.
  • Passenger Satisfaction: Quality and customer care are the priority of our services.

About İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen

  • 23.6 million passengers in 2014, 25% more than last year.
  • Europe’s fastest growing airport for the last consecutive 5 years.
  • 66 airlines offer direct flights to 39 domestic and 97 international destinations.
  • Catchment area of 20.7 million population, including most industrialized cities of Turkey: İstanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, and Sakarya.
  • Hub of Pegasus Airlines (serving both domestic and international) and the 2nd hub of Turkish Airlines.
  • SAW is currently connected to these destinations, also visible via the interactive route map.
    • Aktau, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Astrakhan, Athens, Bahrain, Baku, Barcelona, Basel, Batumi, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin – Tegel, Berlin – Schonefeld, Bishkek, Bologna, Brussels, Brussels – Charleroi, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Casablanca, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dole, Doha, Donetsk, Dortmund, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Ercan (Cyprus), Frankfurt, Geneva, Groznyj, Hamburg, Hannover, Hurghada, Jeddah, Kazan, Kharkov, Kiev, Krasnodar, Kuwait, London – Gatwick, London – Luton, London – Stansted, London – Heathrow, Lviv, Madinah, Madrid, Makhachkala, Malta, Marseille, Milan – Bergamo, Milan – Malpensa, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow – Domodedovo, Moscow – Vnukovo, Munich, Mykonos, Mytillene, Nalchik, Nuremberg, Omsk, Paris – Charles de Gaulle, Paris – Orly, Prague, Prishtina, Rhodes, Riga, Riyadh, Rome, Rotterdam, Saint-Étienne, Sarajevo, Sfax, Sharjah, Sharm el Sheikh, Simferepol, Skopje, Sochi, Stavropol, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Vienna, Vladikavkaz, Voronezh, Zurich, Zweibrücken.
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Istanbul: The Cradle of Civilizations

  • History of 2.500 years which leads the city to become a crucial centre for trade.
  • Larger economy than 12 individual EU countries.
  • High growth area with an expanding industrial sector and developing business districts.
  • Air traffic growth is amongst the highest in the world.
  • The only city in the world which spans two continents (Europe and Asia) divided by the Bosphorus Strait.
  • 7th  most visited destination in the world.
  • Ranks 1st on the list of best destinations in the world.
  • 11.8 m tourists visited İstanbul in 2014, %32 of total tourism numbers in Turkey.
  • Ranks 8th in the world for the highest number of meetings organised.

Marketing and other support

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İstanbul – one of Europe's most intensive and populated catchment areas with a metro area of 14.4 millions. İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen is the gate to İstanbul's rich mosaic of history, culture, shopping and dining.

Catchment Area

  • Positioned on the Asian Side of İstanbul, among four most developed industrial cities with the highest GDP/capita (in excess of USD 25,000)
  • İstanbul is the largest city of Turkey with population of 14.4 million.
  • Catchment area of 20.7 million population within 200 km distance, accounting for 40% of Turkey’s total GDP USD 822 bn (2013).
  • 30 min catchment area covers 5.4 million
  • 60 min catchment area covers 16.3 million
  • 120 min catchment area covers 20.7 million
  • Technopark is nearby, including conference and hotel facilities.

Istanbul Catchment

Another launch in the Tuzla shipyard area of Istanbul – the airport is working hard create a strong focus on the specific industrial cargos related to a hinterland of automotive, chemicals, ship building and repair and textiles.

Cargo Terminal

  • Operation and warehouse space of 7.767 square meters and office space of 1.900 square meters.
  • Capacity of 90.000 tonnes annually.
  • 18 cold storages separately-adjustable for any kind of goods.
  • The wide cargo apron’s design is suitable for parking of 11 large fuselage aircraft.
  • Adjustable temperature according to goods stored
  • Handling of valuable consignments, dangerous and radioactive goods, live animals, frozen and perishable goods.
  • Many major world-famous automotive, electronics, white goods and ship building companies are located and under production within only 1 hour distance.


  • İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen is located on the Anatolian Side of İstanbul, and is 31 km from Kadıköy, 12 km from Pendik and 40 km from Taksim.
  •  Connection via Turkey’s two major highways provides easy and fast access to the airport.
  •  Rail services from Pendik provides connection to other Anatolian cities on the Asian side including the capital Ankara.
  •  Public buses, private shuttle services and taxis connect with all the important spots within the city. The Asian Side (Kadıköy-Kartal) metro line to be connected to İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen in 2017.
  • Use this interactive map to view transportation alternatives.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  •  Runway 06-24; 3,000 meters x 45 meters. DVOR, ILS, DME, NDB. 32 ATM/hour capacity.
  •  Slot coordinated (Level 3).
  •  Operation hours: 24 hours.
  •  25M passenger capacity terminal serving both domestic and international passengers under one roof.
  •  112 check-in counters + 30 CUSS check-in kiosk positions.
  •  Total of 76 parking lots, 60 of them remote parking position.
  •  Multi-aircraft parking system allowing simultaneous service to 8 wide body aircrafts (IATA code E) or 16 narrow body aircrafts (IATA code C).
  •  CIP & VIP Lounges.
  •  7.500 sqm food court and 4.500 sqm duty free area.
  •  A two-storey VIP building with terminal connection.
  •  Seperate General Aviation terminal.
  •  128 rooms capacity Airport Hotel with direct entrance from both air and landside.
  •  A four-storey car park with a capacity of 4.718 vehicles + 72 buses.
  •  EDS baggage screening.
  •  Modern terminal awarded as the World’s largest earthquake-proof monoblock building.
  •  Turkey’s first barrier-free airport offering easier travelling experience for person with reduced mobility.

Vital statistics

Passenger numbers:

  • 2001 : 47.377
  • 2002 : 130.277
  • 2003 : 157.172
  • 2004 : 245.601
  • 2005 : 1.019.746
  • 2006 : 2.916.454
  • 2007 : 3.791.625
  • 2008 : 4.358.710
  • 2009 : 6.640.230
  • 2010 : 11.598.026
  • 2011 : 13.688.979
  • 2012 : 14.872.910
  • 2013: 18,842,788
  • 2014: 23,631,883
  • 2015: 28,285,578


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