Long haul flights start at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport

Malaysia Airlines began long haul charter flights out of Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport, a first for the facility on the Asian side of Istanbul.

The company will fly Airbus A330 aircraft out of the airport on Saturdays to and from Kuala Lumpur, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

Sabiha Gökçen Is growing its passenger numbers, meeting increasing demand on the Asian side of Istanbul and competing with the larger Istanbul Airport, which is further from the centre of the city.

The airport will continue to expand next year with a metro connection and the opening of a second runway, Ersel Göral, chief executive of operator ISG, told reporters, according to Anadolu.

Passenger numbers at Sabiha Gökçen have increased by 20 percent this year, Göral said.

ISG was founded by Limak Holding of Turkey, GMR Infrastructure Limited and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.