(SAW) is on the Asian
the Bosphorus about
30 km (19 miles) southeast of Üsküdar, the Kadıköy ferry dock,
and the Harem
intercity bus terminal (map). It boasts that it is "the
world's fastest-growing airport," and
in fact new terminal space seems to
be under construction at all times.
between the suburbs of Kurtköy and Pendik, Sabiha
SAH-bee-hah GURK-chen) serves
the full range of flights including
international flights by major airlines,
but it is still considered Istanbul's
"second airport" after the older
Transport between Sabiha Gökçen
Airport and the center of
by city bus, Havataş
Airport Bus, excellent
private transfer service, public transport (bus, Metro Marmaray), taxi, shuttle van, and car
for going to Atatürk Airport on
the European shore from Sabiha Gökçen
Airport on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus.
Food & Drink-Expensive!
Note that prices for food
and drink at Turkish airports
tend to be high. My
quick informal survey showed them
to be 40% higher than at expensive
Frankfurt Airport, and twice
as high as at pricey Paris-Charles
de Gaulle Airport.
If you're a user of airport lounges or airline clubs, Sabiha Gökçen has them. By using them you can await your flight in a more comfortable environment and save money on those expensive drinks. More...
The airport is named for Ms Sabiha Gökçen (1913-2001),
the world's first female fighter pilot.
In her long career as a pilot and teacher she flew
22 different combat and aerobatics aircraft, and
was the first woman to fly the Focke Wulfe 190-A3.
Visit the Sabiha
Gökçen Airport website for
more on this remarkable pilot.
pioneering work was made possible
because of Kemal
reforms, which emphasized equal
rights and opportunities for women,
and the importance of flight.
Turks in the air travel and aircraft
industries eagerly quote Atatürk's
prescient saying, "The future
is in the skies."
Sabiha Gökçen Airport
34912 Pendik, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (216) 585 5000
Fax: +90 (216) 585 5114
Lost & Found: Tel: +90 (216) 588 8888