sgia-terminalthyThe number of passengers flying via Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SGIA) increased 52% in 2009 compare to previous year.

According to the announcement, a total of 6,639,958 passengers flew from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport compare to 4,358,710 passengers in 2008.

SGIA CEO Gökhan Bugday said, “In 2008, we took over the management of the airport and we increased the service quality here with our investments”.

Mr. Bugday added, “Sabiha Gökçen’s annual passenger capacity had risen to 20 million as the new international terminal building had started operations in October. We aim to serve over 10 million passengers with best service quality”.

Compare to 2008, flight traffic to domestic destinations in 2009 is increased by 63 percent to 4,547,673. Moreover flight traffic to international destinations recorded 33,4 growth and reached 2,092,285 passengers in 2009. In line with the rise in the number of passengers, the number of inward and outbound flights was also up by 35.5 percent compared with 2008, totaling 60,630.

38 percent of the passengers using Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport flew to Germany, 12% flew to UK and 9% flew to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

SGIA is operated by a multi-national consortium of Turkey’s Limak Holding (LİMAK), GMR Infrastructure (GMR) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.