Sabiha Gökçen Airport was established as the first stage of 6 main elements of Technocity, which would be developed as a “Center of Perfection” within the framework of “Advanced Technology Industrial Park and Airport Project” (İTEP) prepared by Presidency of Defence Industries.
In 1987, “Advanced Technology Industrial Park and Airport Project” (İTEP) was decided to be established in Pendik, Kurtköy with the decision of Defense Industry Executive Committee. With the capacity of 90 thousand ton Cargo, annual 3 million international and 500.000 domestic passengers, Sabiha Gökçen Airport was established in Istanbul Anatolian side as the first stage of ITEP Project.
Management of Sabiha Gökçen Airport, of which profit would be used in projects concerning the development of technological infrastructure of our country’s defense industry and provision of Turkish Armed Forces’ needs, was decided to be given to a public capital based joint stock company that will be active within Turkish Commercial Code. As of 27 January 2000, Airport Management and Aviation Industries Inc. (HEAŞ) started to manage the airport with the 96,4% capital share of Undersecretariat for Defense Industries.
HEAŞ, which was established on 27th January 2000 with the partnership of Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), being in the first place, TUSAŞ Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV), Turkish Air Association (THK), ASELSAN Electronics Industry and Trade Inc. (ASELSAN), and Air Electronic Industry and Trade Inc. (HAVELSAN) has continued its activities as a 3-partner company since 25.12.2014 when TAI, ASELSAN and HAVELSAN transferred their HEAŞ shares to TSKGV.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which was opened on 8 January 2001 and became first privately operated airport of Turkey and Anatolian side of Istanbul, has become the airport that reflects high technology of 2000s to safety and customer satisfaction and increases passenger capacity in each passing year.
HEAŞ transformed Sabiha Gökçen into an “airport brand” where 4 million passengers of annual 47 thousand passengers are hosted and assigned Management of Ground services, Fuel, Terminal and Warehouses to İSG (Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Investment Development and Operation Inc.) which is established by consortium of Limak-GMR-Malaysia Airports as of 1 May 2008 as a result of a tender in July 2007.
Along with rulemaking, organization and inspection activities that being an airport authority brings; HEAŞ also provides electricity-water-gas-heating-cooling services of the airport, aviation information processing activities, VIP services, safety and inspection of gates to the airside activities. It also keeps movement area (runway-apron-taxiway), air information management, fire-plane crash-wreck rescue, first aid and health, navigation devices active for 24 hours.