Emirates celebrates launch of second gateway in Istanbul

Emirates Launch Second Gateway in Istanbul

Emirates recently celebrated the launch of the airline’s second gateway in Istanbul, at the Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

The launch of daily flights to Sabiha Gökçen has increased Emirates overall capacity to Istanbul by 35 percent, 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 travelers 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 maximize 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 Optimization and Aeropolitical Affairs.

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.

The UAE and Turkey enjoy a strong trade relationship estimated to reach US$ 15 billion this year with this new service expected to further enhance economic ties between the two countries via increased transport links. There are currently more than 500 Turkish companies operating out of the UAE including a number of Turkish construction companies who have played a key role in the construction of many of the buildings that make up Dubai’s skyline. Emirates’ new daily service to Sabiha Gökçen will offer up to 12 tonnes of cargo per day in each direction. Air cargo has a vital role in many industries’ global supply chains and with Emirates’ extensive network across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, this increase in cargo capacity is an important link in aiding the rapid delivery of goods to and from Istanbul.

Emirates flight EK119 will depart Dubai at 17:15 and arrive in at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Istanbul at 20:15 daily. The return flight EK120 will leave Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Istanbul at 22:05, arriving in Dubai at 04:20 the next day.

In addition to the daily flight to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Emirates also operates 11 weekly flights to Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Istanbul is Emirates’ third international city to benefit from a duel airport operation, following London and Tokyo where the airline also operates from two different airports within the same city.