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Traffic soaring at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport saw its passenger numbers soar by 17.2% in January.

Now 100% owned and operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), a total of 1.9 million passengers passed through the Turkish gateway last month.

The increase means that traffic throughput across MAHB’s global airport system increased by 22% to 8.5 million in January, despite a 4.6% dip in passenger numbers at Malaysian airports.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport accounted for four million passengers in January, 2015, while its other airports – which include the international gateways of Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang – handled 2.7 million passengers between them.

MAHB attributes the monthly traffic decline at its Malaysian airports to the shift of Chinese New Year festive season from January in 2014 to February in 2015.

It adds that Sabiha Gökçen International Airport continues to do “exceptionally well” in terms of traffic growth. The airport also recorded a 14.5% rise in January aircraft movements.


• Another early producer of its January 2015 traffic statistics, Copenhagen Airport, reports that 1.6 million passengers (0.7%) travelled through the airport last month.

The Danish gatway notes that January is traditionally one of its quietest periods and that the upturn, which marked its 21st consecutive monthly increase in passenger numbers, was driven by rising international demand.

"At more than 3% growth, our intercontinental traffic continues to show good growth rates. The growth is primarily driven by the three overseas routes opened by Norwegian in 2014. Moreover, Qatar Airways added an additional four weekly frequencies to Doha from 1 February," says Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports A/S.

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