Emirates touched down at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport this week, celebrating the launch of the airline’s second gateway in Istanbul.
With the launch of daily flights to Sabiha Gökçen Emirates has increased its overall capacity to Istanbul by 35 per cent, offering a total of 18 flights per week to this popular business and tourism destination.
Located on the Asian side of the bi-continental city of Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport offers travellers convenient access to the city’s impressive cultural and historical sites. Helping more customers connect with Istanbul, Emirates new daily flights into Sabiha Gökçen have been well timed to maximise inbound connections from across the Far and Middle East as well as Africa and West Asia.
“We have been operating flights to Istanbul for more than 28 years and in that time have seen demand for our services grow exponentially. We are confident that both the passenger and cargo demand is strong enough to warrant Emirates operating to both of Istanbul’s airports,” said Adnan Kazim, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation and Aeropolitical Affairs.
“As well as providing our passengers with greater flexibility in their travel plans to and from Turkey this new flight also signifies the introduction of First Class to our flights to Istanbul. There is high demand for this route and we are already seeing strong booking levels across all cabin classes from across our network.”
Gökhan Buğday, the CEO of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport said, “With the launch of Emirates new daily flight we now have 51 airlines operating from our rapidly growing airport. This year we expect 28 million passengers to fly through Sabiha Gökçen and Emirates’ launch signifies yet another important and exciting milestone for us.”