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

  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Investment, Development and Operation Inc. (ISG) was established through the partnership of Limak Holding (Turkey), GMR Infrastructure Limited (India) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (Malaysia).
  • As a result of the great increases in the passenger traffic at ISGIA, the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries decided to increase the airport’s capacity by constructing a new terminal building with an ultimate handling capacity of 25 million passengers based on a Build-Operate-Transfer model over 20 years. ISG won this BOT tender in July 2007.
  • As of May 1st, 2008, ISG acquired the operational rights for the next 20 years of ISGIA including the management of the existing terminal buildings, car parks, ground handling, cargo, aircraft refuelling operations, construction and the operation of the new terminal building, multilevel car park, airport hotel and CIP and VIP facilities.
  • At the moment, Sabiha Gökçen offers flights to 33 domestic and 90 international destinations with 57 airlines and this number is increases rapidly, clearly underlining the viability of other new services.
  • Europe’s latest greenfield airport.
  • World’s fastest growing airport in 2009 & 2010 with 53% and 75% respectively. (ACI datas)
  • Europe’s fastest growing airport in 2012 in 10-25M airports category. (ACI datas)
  • Delay-free airport with 95,6% on-time performance in 2012.
  • Modern terminal awarded as the World’s largest earthquake-proof monoblock building.
  • Time-saver terminal with both domestic and international operations under one roof.
  • Turkey’s first Barrier-free airport offering easier travelling experience to for handicapped people.
  • Airport Hotel offering both air and landside entrances.
  • Connection via Turkey’s two major highways provides easy and fast access to the airport. With the industrial and residential around the airport such as Bursa, Gebze, Izmit, Sakarya, Yalova and Istanbul Anatolian side, ISGIA has a 20 million population catchment area.
  • A Technopark is planned over an area of 90 hectares and 20 hectares for a conference center and hotel facilities.
  • Hubof Pegasus Airlines (serving both domestic and international) and the 2nd hub of Turkish Airlines.
  • Istanbul: The Cradle of Civilizations
  • Istanbul’s economy is larger than 12 individual EU countries and the population has an increasing disposable income and propensity to travel.
    • At the moment, ISGIA offers flights to 17 domestic and 51 international destinations and this number is increases rapidly, clearly underlining the viability of other new services.
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen route map

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  • SAW is currently connected to these destinations also visible via the interactive route map.
    • Aktau, Amman, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Chernovtsy, Cologne, Copenhagen, Damascus, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Ercan (Cyprus), Frankfurt, Gyandzha, Hamburg, Hannover, Isfahan, Ivano-Frankovsk, Izmail, Kabul, Khmelnitskiy, Krasnodar, Kuwait, Linz, London, Madrid, Makhackale, Milano, Munich, Nikolaev, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Sharjah, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Vladikavkaz, Zurich.

Istanbul: The Cradle of Civilizations

  • Istanbul’s economy is larger than 12 individual EU countries and the population has an increasing disposable income and propensity to travel.
  • High growth area with an expanding industrial sector, gentrifying residential areas and developing business districts.
  • Special emphasis by the government to promote tourism.
  • The only city in the world which spans two continents (Europe and Asia) divided by the Bosphorus strait. Istanbul has a history of 3,000 years and since its foundation on this strategic junction of land and sea, the city has been a crucial centre for trade.
  • Has one of the largest catchment areas in the world.
  • Air traffic growth is amongst the highest in the world.
  • 2.5m tourists visited Istanbul in 1995; a figure expected to grow more than 10m by 2013.

Marketing and other support

Contact the Commercial Aviation Department commercialaviation@sgia.aero for detailed information and visitwww.sabihagokcen.aero for further information about the airport.

Istanbul – one of Europe's most intensive and populated catchment areas with a metro area exceeding 12 millions. Sabiha Gökçen is the gate to Istanbul's rich mosaic of history, culture, shopping and dining

Catchment Area

Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey with population of 12 million and with the other major cities around, ISGIA has one of the largest catchment areas in Europe.

  • 30 min catchment area 5 million
  • 60 min catchment area 10 million
  • 120 min catchment area 17 million

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.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

One of the most important targets of ISG is to develop an integrated cargo processing system, entering new markets for cargo traffic and to be a major regional cargo hub. As many industrial facilities are located around Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, ISG is creating a strong focus on the specific industrial cargos related to a hinterland of automotive, chemicals, ship building and repair and textiles. ISG’s unique cargo terminal offers five 7,000 square meters or warehousing equivalent to 90,000 tonnes annual capacity. These facilities include 18 cold storages separately-adjustable for and kind of goods. The wide cargo apron’s design is suitable for parking of 11 large fuselage aircraft.

Many major world-famous automotive, electronics, white goods and ship building companies are located and under production within only 1 hour distance from ISGIA.

Global freight forwarding companies have offices in the warehouses and with the easy and flexible customs services, ISGIA is targeting to be one of the major cargo hubs in the region.

Geography

  • Sabiha Gökçen is located at the Anatolian Side of Istanbul, and is 40km from Kadıköy, 12km from Pendik and 50km from Taksim.
  • SAW is easily accessed by the TEM highway which is just two minutes from the airport.
  • Rail services from Pendik connect Sabiha Gökçen to other Anatolian cities on the Asian side including the capital Ankara.
  • SAW offers public buses, private shuttle services and taxis for the connection with all the important spots within the city. The Asian Side (Kadıköy-Kartal) metro line to be connected to Sabiha Gökçen in 2014.
  • Use this interactive map to view transportation alternatives.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runway 06-24; 3,000 meters x45 meters. DVOR, ILS, DME, NDB. 40 ATM/hour capacity.
  • No slot restrictions.
  • Operating hours: 24 hours.
  • 25M passenger capacity terminal serving both domestic and international passengers under one roof.
    • A four-storey car park with a capacity of 4.700 vehicles + 72 buses.
    • 112 check-in counters + 30 CUSS check-in kiosks.
    • Multi-aircraft parking system.
    • 5,000 metre food court and 4,500 metre duty free area.
    • EDS baggage screening.

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

 Financials

Contact the Commercial Aviation Department for detailed information and while referring to http://www.sabihagokcen.aero