Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) is one of the airports serving Istanbul, Turkey. The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in the world. 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. In June 2007, Turkish conglomerate Limak, India's GMR group and Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad (MAHB) consortium got the contract for upgrading and maintaining the airport. In mid-2008, ground has been broken to upgrade the international terminal to handle 10 million passengers annually.
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 3,000 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.
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