Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) is one of the two international airports serving Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, the other being Atatürk Airport. Located 35 km (22 mi) southeast of central Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen 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 facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in Turkey and adoptive daughter of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding President of the Republic of Turkey.

Overview

The airport was built because Atatürk International Airport (located 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.

With 28,285,578 passengers and 206,180 aircraft movements in 2015, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is the second busiest single-runway airport in the world (London Gatwick has two runways but can only work as a single-runway airport).

A second runway is currently built and expected to be operational in 2019.

Terminals

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
  • 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

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport:

Passenger Airlines:

    • Air Algérie, to Oran
    • Air Arabia, to Sharjah
    • Air Arabia Jordan, to Amman
    • Air Arabia Maroc, to Casablanca
    • Air Manas, to Bishkek
    • AtlasGlobal, Seasonal to: Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir, Jeddah
    • Azerbaijan Airlines, to Baku
    • Buta Airways, to Baku (begins 29 October 2017)
    • Eurowings operated by Germanwings, Seasonal to: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart
    • FlyBaghdad, to Baghdad, Najaf
    • Flydubai, to Dubai–International
    • Flynas, to Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
    • Jordan Aviation, Charter to: Amman–Civil
    • Nile Air, Cairo
    • Pegasus Airlines, to Abu Dhabi, Adana, Almaty, Amasya/Merzifon, Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, 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, Erbil, Erzincan, Erzurum, Frankfurt, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa, Geneva, Grozny, Hamburg, Hatay, Hurghada, Izmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kastamonu, Kars, Kayseri, Kharkiv, Konya, Krasnodar, Kuwait, London–Stansted, Lviv, Lyon, Madrid, Malatya, Mardin, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Münster/Osnabrück, Muş, Nevşehir, Nice, Nicosia–Ercan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Nuremberg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ordu–Giresun, Paris–Orly, Prague, Pristina, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint-Étienne, Samara, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Sarajevo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sivas, Skopje, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Sulaymaniyah, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tirana, Trabzon, Van, Volgograd, Vienna, Zaporizhia, Zürich
    • Qatar Airways, to Doha
    • SunExpress, to Antalya, Izmir
    • Turkish Airlines, to Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Baghdad, Barcelona, Basra, Berlin–Tegel, Bodrum, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dalaman, Dubai–International, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Izmir, Jeddah, Kuwait, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Nicosia–Ercan, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Vienna – Seasonal: Erbil
    • Turkish Airlines operated by AnadoluJet, to Adana, Ankara, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Edremit, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kars, Kayseri, Mardin, Nevşehir, Ordu–Giresun, Samsun, Sivas, Trabzon, Van
    • Wings of Lebanon, Charter to: Beirut
Ground transport

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport located at Pendik / Kurtköy, is 40 km away from Kadıköy, 12 km away from Pendik, and 50 km away from Taksim. Our airport offers easy access, via a direct link to TEM highway. Besides private car, multiple options are available to the traveller via intermodal transport; including taxis, rent-a-car, public bus, private bus (Havaş and Havataş), sea bus and train.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is connected to the city of Istanbul and that city’s wider metropolitan area through a number of transport corridors.

Rail
The airport is located 14 km from the town of Pendik’s railway and sea-taxi stations but a connection via Marmaray is planned.

Metro
The M4 metro line is being extended towards the airport. The current terminus at Tavşantepe is about 10 km from the airport and reachable by taxi or bus E9

Shuttlebuses and coaches
E3 – 4.Levent – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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E9 – Bostancı – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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E10 – Kadıköy – Kurtköy – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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E11 – Kadıköy – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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E18 – Altunizade – Ümraniye – Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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16S – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – Metrobus Uzuncayır
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KM20 – Pendik YHT – Kartal Metro
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KM22 – Pendik Metro-YHT – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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132H Pendik YHT – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
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122H – 4.Levent – Yenişehir – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

With HAVABUS Shuttles you can travel to and from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, to Kadıköy and Taksim.

The shuttles are white colored and parked in front of the terminal building arrivals level exit ready to take you to Taksim for a fee of 15 TL and to Kadıköy for a fee of 10 TL. Shuttle’s Taksim departure point is across Taksim Divan Hotel (you can book here), in front of the Point Hotel.

Kadıköy departure point is the pier.

Shuttles work between 03:30 am and 01:00 am hours.

Car and taxi
The main airport complex is reachable by car from the E80 (Trans-European Motorway) which passes through the Istanbul Metropolitan Area.

Located at Pendik / Kurtköy of the Asian side of Istanbul, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is, 40 km away from Kadıköy, 12 km away from Pendik, and 50 km away from Taksim. Via a 1.5 km link to TEM highway, it offers an exceptionally relaxed traffic.

Accessing Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
TEM (E 80)
On the way to Ankara from Istanbul; after the Kartal exit, follow the sign for Kurtköy/Harmandere/Sabiha Gökçen, then after 2km, you will reach the airport.
TEM (E 80)
On the way to İstanbul from Ankara, after the Şekerpınar exit, follow the sign for Kurtköy/Sabiha Gökçen, then after 4 km. you will reach the airport.
E 5 (D 100)
On the way to Ankara from Istanbul, after the Kaynarca Shipyard exit, follow the sign for Sabiha Gökçen, then after 7 km you will reach the airport.
E 5 (D 100)
On the way to Ankara from Istanbul, pass the Tuzla Bridge, follow the sign for Sabiha Gökçen, then after 7 km, you will reach the airport.
Şile road
Via E-5 or TEM highway connection, follow the sign for Kurtköy, after 25 km you will reach the airport. Alternatively, you may access the airport, via Şile road connection; using Sarıgazi/Samandıra/Sultanbeyli side roads, by following the Kurtköy/Sabiha Gökçen sign.
PS: This is a convenient alternative, on the way from Ümraniye; as our Airport is 30 km away from the referred region.

The seaside road
You may access the Airport, passing by Kaynarca shipyard and following the airport signs, via the seaside road, starting off from Bağdat Street.

Easy access to Sultanahmet

To go to Sultanahmet, passengers can either go to Taksim or Kadıköy and change vehicle for Sultanahmet area.
There are shuttles working between Taksim and Sabiha Gokcen Airport every half an hour. The name of the bus company is HAVABUS. The duration of the trip is about an hour and a half depending on the city traffic, the shuttle fee is 15 TL from Taksim you may go to Sultanahmet either by taxi or public bus.

Another route is to go to Kadıköy and take the ferry to old Istanbul. You can either take the E10 IETT public bus or Havabus shuttle to Kadıkoy (10 TL). You will reach Kadıköy in max 1 hour and the ferry to Eminonu will take about 25 min. From Eminonu you can either walk or take the tram to Sultanahmet.

To ride the IETT public bus and ferry passengers have to obtain Istanbul Kart, which can be purchased from the IETT kiosks near the bus waiting area.

All public transport vehicles and taxis are located in front of the terminal building at arrivals level.

Easy access to Taksim

There are HAVABUS shuttles working between Taksim and Sabiha Gokcen Airport every half an hour. The duration of the trip is about an hour and a half depending on the city traffic, the shuttle fee is 15 TL.

If you enjoy sea travel another route for our passengers to follow to go to Taksim is first going to Kadıköy with IETT public bus or HAVABUS shuttle and then taking the ferry from Kadıköy pier to Kabataş and from there the tram to Taksim square.

The ferry ride is about 20 minutes. For detailed schedule please visit information page.

For public bus and ferry ride the passenger will have to purchase Istanbul card from IETT kiosks located at the bus waiting area.

All public transport vehicles and taxis are located in front of the terminal building at arrivals level.

Easy access to Atatürk Airport

From Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Atatürk Airport you can travel by either HAVABUS shuttles or by taking the ferry from Bostancı to Bakırköy.
You can take Havabus shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim and from Taksim the shuttle to Ataturk Airport. The whole trip to Ataturk may take about at least 2 hours depending on the traffic.

Another route is to take public bus to Bostancı (E9) and take the ferry to Bakırköy and from there Ataturk Airport is very close by taxi. For detailed transportation information you can visit transportation page. To check ferry times from Bostancı you can visit IDO website. You should check innercity lines timetables for departure times.

Another option to reach Ataturk Airport from Sabiha Gokcen Airport is to use Secure Drive Shuttle service. You can travel between Istanbul airports in a fast and comfortable way by using Secure Drive Shuttles.

Easy Access to Izmit

Via Kocaeli Municipality Public Bus Services you can travel to and from İzmit – Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The line name is 250 – Otogar – Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Easy Access to Bursa

Via Bursa Municipality Burulaş Public Bus Services you can travel to and from Bursa – Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Accommodation Near the Airport

If your flight is very early in the morning or late at night or you just decided to see Istanbul a little more, you can stay in hotel that are nearby:

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at ISG Airport Hotel   

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Close to Sabiha Goksen Airport

This hotel offers modern rooms on the site of Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. It provides a luggage transfer service, and guests can do online check-in to their flights at the hotel front desk.

The soundproofed rooms of ISG Airport Hotel feature contemporary furnishings, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs with satellite broadcast. Connecting rooms are available at the property. Housekeeping and room service are offered 24 hours per day.

The ISG has a restaurant serving hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet menu of international dishes. After-meal drinks can be enjoyed in the relaxing setting of the bar.

Massage rooms, saunas and a gym in the health club offer the opportunity for travellers to relax after a long day. In-room massage service is also available upon request.

Business travelers in particular like the location – they rated it 8.8 for a work-related trip.

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