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User currently offlinethenoflyzone From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2512 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

I read the Turkish Aviation thread, but thought this deserved its own.

Looks like SAW (Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey) is well on its way to handle over 10-11 million passengers this year, compared to only 6.6 million last year. What i want to know is if passengers are shifting their attention from IST to SAW, or is SAW adding capacity from the city.

Also, how is the new terminal building coping with this massive influx of passengers at SAW? And since we are talking about IST, what is the capacity of that airport? Can it handle anymore passengers than the current 30 million/year. I know there is not much room for expansion. What does that mean for the future of TK?

Thenoflyzone

[Edited 2010-09-10 09:02:26]


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25520 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

The new SAW terminals planned capacity is 25 million, so there is plenty of room for growth.

For IST, its not loosing traffic, matter of fact its passengers volumes continue to climb this year. With various small projects in the pipeline, its capacity is 50 million.

The government has advised a green field 3rd major Istanbul airport will be online by 2020-2025.

Simply put, Turkey is booming!



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User currently offlineumit From Turkey, joined May 2009, 130 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

One other point that many people like myself who are actually living close to Ataturk airport are now choosing SAW for their domestic flights due to delays . So far I never heard pilots saying "" because of traffic"" or we are 7th or 10th in line for take off .

User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

Quoting umit (Reply 2):
One other point that many people like myself who are actually living close to Ataturk airport are now choosing SAW for their domestic flights due to delays . So far I never heard pilots saying "" because of traffic"" or we are 7th or 10th in line for take off .

I've only flown in and out of IST once (in 2008) and we didn't have delays either day and I don't recall a long line-up for takeoff when we left. How bad are the delays at Ataturk now as to justify having to cross the bridge and deal with the traffic to get there if you live on the west side of the Bosporus Strait? From the west side of the city, I don't recall it being an easy trip to get to the Asia side.

Either way, glad the city is booming and growing. Istanbul is a beautiful city and thoroughly enjoyed my two week visit as part of an Air Force ROTC program two years ago. I'm definitely planning to make a trip back there some time.


User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4446 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
How bad are the delays at Ataturk now

Just for fun, try this link during busy Istanbul traffic hours, early morning and evening;
http://www.iststatus.com/


User currently offlinethenoflyzone From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2512 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
The new SAW terminals planned capacity is 25 million, so there is plenty of room for growth.

Yes, but are they building the terminal fast enough ? What is the capacity of this terminal at this very moment? Also, with increased passenger numbers comes increased aircraft movements. Any plans to build a parallel runway at SAW?

Thenoflyzone



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25520 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting thenoflyzone (Reply 5):
Yes, but are they building the terminal fast enough ? What is the capacity of this terminal at this very moment?

Its already built, its finished. Opened in 2009.



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Istanbul is huge, and each airport is nicely on its own end of the cirty and its own side of the Bosphorus. So I guess SAW can be East Istanbul Airport and IST can be West Istanbul Airport for domestic and regional purposes.

Peter 



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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
The new SAW terminals planned capacity is 25 million, so there is plenty of room for growth.

Furthermore, SAW will be getting a 2nd runway, to the south of the existing one.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
The government has advised a green field 3rd major Istanbul airport will be online by 2020-2025.

Wow. Got any additional info or link on this project? Or is it still just an idea?


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25520 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

The Turkish Ministry of Transportation in charge of airports and the greater Istanbul municipality have on several occasions publicly has mentioned they were working at the site selection of a new airport, and reportedly already decided on it, and buying up the required land. (rumored to be in Silivri).

There is also the option of expanding existing Corlu airport which is to the West of Istanbul and already serves some cargo operations and limited charter flights.
http://www.dhmi.gov.tr/aerodromes.aspx?hv=37



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