Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) is one of the airports serving Istanbul, Turkey. The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the world's first female combat pilot. It is on the Asian side of the bicontinental city, Istanbul. It was built because the Atatürk International Airport (on the European side) was not large enough to meet the booming passenger demands (both domestic and international). SAW's international terminal capacity is 3M passengers/year and the domestic terminal capacity is 0.5M/year.
Airport type public 
Operator HEAŞ 
Serves Istanbul, Turkey 
Elevation AMSL 311 ft (95 m) 
Coordinates 40°53′″N, 29°18′″E 
Direction Length Surface 
ft m 
6/24 9,842 3000 Concrete 

International flights terminal

The International flights terminal has an area of 20,000 m² consisting of 16,000 m² ground floor and 4.000 m² mezzanine level.

An aerial photo of the international terminalIt features:
3.000.000 passenger/year capacity. 
CIP and VIP lounges 
Duty-free shops, bars and cafés, pubs and restaurants 
Post Office, Bank, Rent-a-Car 


Granite used in flooring and on external faces; decorative aluminum modules used for illumination fixtures, audio speakers, ventilation diffusers on the ceiling.

Operation mode

International Flights Terminal consists of three lounges: two operating for departures, A and B, and one for arrivals. Each departure lounge accommodates 11 check-in counters and 4 boarding gates, and arrival section contains 12 passport counters.

Gallery and platform

Galleries, interconnecting the transformer, VIP buildings and other units of the airport, are located 6 m below the ground. An indoor platform structure of 200 m in length with an area of 3000 m² is located to the north of the building as a stand alone structure with steel construction on reinforced concrete columns. Platform structure is also utilized as a passenger reception canopy.

Electronic systems

Electronic systems include Flight Information Display System (FIDS), Closed Circuit Television System (CCTV), Card Access Control System, Central Clock, Public Address and Music Broadcasting, Automatic Fire Detection and Carpark Fare Systems.

Illumination system

Air conditioning system

30 air-conditioner centrals
110 individual comfort modules

Fire extinguishing system

Two jockey pumps
Two main fire pumps
The water pressurized in the fire pumping system is kept available for utilization at any time through fire cabinets, installed at various sections within the building and platform floor and sprinklers installed -2.80 m below thereof.

Luggage systems

A fully automatic luggage conveyor system to realize all luggage handling processes of the 3,500,000 passengers/year capacity is available. The conveyor system is capable of detecting all kinds of explosives, brought by the passengers or incoming with the luggage.


There are 44 fully automatic, photocell doors. Doors opening to the exterior are equipped with air screens with electrical heaters so as to prevent the conditioned air balance of the building interior.

Airlines and destinations

Aerotur Airlines (Aktau, Taraz) 
AMC Airlines (Cairo) 
Air Arabia (Sharjah) 
Belle Air (Tirana) 
Condor Airlines (Munich) 
Corendon Airlines (Amsterdam, Brussels, Eindhoven, Paris, Tel Aviv) 
easyJet (Basel/Mulhouse, London-Luton) 
Germanwings (Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Hamburg, Stuttgart) 
Jazeera Airways (Kuwait) (coming soon) 
MyAir (Milan-Bergamo) 
Norwegian Air Shuttle (Oslo) [Seasonal] 
Pegasus Airlines (Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakýr, 
Düsseldorf, Ercan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Kayseri, London-Stansted, Malatya, 
Munich, Nuremberg, Samsun, Stuttgart, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Trabzon, Van, Vienna, Zurich) 
Pegasus Airlines operated by Izair (Izmir) 
TUIfly (Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover) 
Turan Air (Ganja) 
Turkish Airlines (Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakýr, Erzurum, 
Gaziantep, Ýzmir, Kars, Trabzon, Van) 

Domestic terminal

The building consists of an intermediate section serving for the check-in processes and luggage services, and passenger departure and arrival halls.
It features:
2,000 m² utilization area 
500,000 passengers/year capacity 
Cargo terminal: 
90,000 tons/year capacity 
18 cold storage depots 

Airport Traffic Statistics

There is no traffic data available from DHMI yet. Check DHMI's website [1] for statistics (in Turkish) that might be published in the future.

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