Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Istanbul Reviews
SAW Mar 20, 2017
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is located in the Asiatic part of Istanbul. It is the second built airport in Istanbul after Atatürk International Airport( located on the European side). It serves as the hub for Pegasus Airlines, low cost airlines, as well as a base for AnadoluJet, Borajet and Turkish Airlines. This is the second busiest single-runway airport in the world after London Gatwick.
The airport was named after Sabiha Gökçen( 1913- 2001), the first Turkish female combat pilot. She was adopted daughter of the first Turkish president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
The domestic terminal was upgraded to the international terminal in 2009. Some airlines that operate regular scheduled and charter flights: Aegean Airlines, Air Algérie, Air Arabia, Air Manas, AtlasGlobal, Borajet, Etihad Airways, Transavia France to Paris– Orly, Qatar Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle to Oslo– Gardermoen, Freebird Airlines seasonal charter Birmingham and London– Stansted, Eurowings seasonal to Berlin– Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg and Stuttgart.
There is a shuttle Havabus to Taksim 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.
Another route is to Sultanahmet by bus to Kadıköy and by the ferry to Eminonu. You can either take the E10 IETT public bus or Havabus shuttle to Kadıkoy for 10 TL in one hour of ride. The ferry to Eminonu will take about 25 minutes. The M4 metro line is being extended towards the airport.
To use the IETT public bus and ferry you need to buy the Istanbul Kart at the IETT kiosks near the bus waiting area.
Busses and shuttles are located in front of the terminal building at arrivals level.
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Sabiha Gokcen International Airport / Istanbul Jan 12, 2009
Sabiha Gokcen Airport,where I recently work, is named after the first female combat pilot in Turkey.it is the second international airport in istanbul,which is on asian side of Istanbul.Its IATA code known as SAW.
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.If you want to fly to istanbul in a cheap way,this is the airport where budgets flights landing...It was built because Atatürk International Airport (on the European side) was not large enough to meet the booming passenger demands (both domestic and international). so the big airlines still landing at Ataturk International Airport.Sabiha Gokcen Airport is the main base of Pegasus Airlines which flies to many destination with low prices..
To get the city,there are many ways as well.the only difference with Ataturk Airport is that you cannot reach there with subway yet,which is under construction for now.
Sabiha Gokcen 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:
E3 – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – 4.Levent (transfer for Istanbul Metro)
E9 – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – Bostancı
E10 – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – Kurtköy – Kadıköy (transfer for Haydarpaşa Station and İDO ferry services to Eminönü and Karaköy)
16S – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – Yenişehir – Kozyatağı- Metrobüs Uzunçayır (transfer to Metrobüs)
18H - Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport-Sultanbeyli
132 – Kartal – Tepeören
The shuttle services are operated by HAVATAŞ after stopped HAVAŞ operation. The Busses goes to Taksim and Kadikoy from Airport.
The bus lines listed above are often much more comfortable option than using Metrobus. Metrobus vehicles are almost always overcrowded and have very limited space to host one's luggage. Regardless, if one really would like to use Metrobus, then there is the transfer option from bus line E10 in Uzunçayır stop.
In addition to this, the airport is located just 14km 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.
Airlines and destinations At Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria-Borg el Arab
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
Air Berlin Berlin-Brandenburg [begins 17 March 2013], Berlin-Tegel [ends 16 March 2013], Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart
Airblue Islamabad, Manchester [ends 16 September 2012]
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air One Venice-Marco Polo
Atlasjet Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman, Mykonos
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Bahrain Air Bahrain
Borajet Alanya-Gazipaşa, Balikesir, Çanakkale, Edremit, Gökçeada, Skopje, Tokat
Seasonal: Mykonos, Rhodes
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
EasyJet London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester [begins 17 September 2012] 
EasyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Europe Airpost Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Ras Al Khaimah
Ghadames Air Transport Tripoli
Germanwings Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Stuttgart
Germania Private Charter: London-Southend
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Jordan Aviation Amman-Marka, Aqaba
Kish Air Tabriz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Nas Air Jeddah, Riyadh
Neos Air Milan-Malpensa
Norwegian Air Shuttle Bergen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Orenair Astrakhan [begins 1 October 2012], Perm [begins October 2012]
Pegasus Airlines Adana, Almaty, Amsterdam, Ankara, Antalya, Batumi [begins 8 October 2012], Basel/Mulhouse, Barcelona, Batman, Beirut, Belgrade [begins 2 October 2012], Berlin-Brandenburg [begins 17 March 2013], Berlin-Schönefeld [ends 16 March 2013], Bodrum, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest-Henri Coanda, Cairo, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Donetsk, Dubai [begins 18 October 2012], Düsseldorf, Elazığ, Ercan, Frankfurt, Gaziantep, Hatay, Izmir, Kayseri, Kharkiv, Konya, Krasnodar, London-Stansted, Lviv [begins 17 October 2012], Madrid, Malatya, Marseille, Milan-Orio al Serio, Munich, Omsk, Paris-Orly, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint-Etienne, Şanlıurfa, Samsun, Sivas, Skopje, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Trabzon, Van, Vienna, Zurich
Seasonal: Billund, Cairo, Graz, Hanover, Luxor, Marrakech, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Zweibrücken
RusLine Mineralnye Vody, Nalchik
Sky Airlines Antalya, Ercan, Izmir
Syphax Airlines Sfax
SunExpress Adana, Antalya, Batman, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, Izmir, Kars, Mardin, Samsun, Trabzon, Van
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna
Transaero Moscow-Domodedovo [begins 10 September 2012]
Transavia.com Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Turkish Airlines Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir, Kiev-Boryspil
Turkish Airlines operated by AnadoluJet Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Edremit, Erzurum, Gökçeada, Izmir, Kayseri, Sivas, Trabzon
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