HEAŞ offering all kinds of services, since the establishment of Sabiha Gökçen airport, from the operation of the terminal to air tower traffic services, from ramp services to cargo terminal operations undertook responsibility of being airport authority as of 2008 and started to carry out these activities with its stakeholders. HEAŞ created road maps and growth strategies for the development of the airport by carrying out Masterplan works with ARUP, one of the leading companies in the sector, in order to foresee the rapid developments in aviation and to plan the investments correctly. In this way, the targeted investments based on the increasing number of passengers were implemented without losing time.
Additional scaffolding block project has been implemented by İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Uluslararası Havalimanı Yatırım, Yapım ve İşletme A.Ş. (İSG) and terminal capacity has been increased in order to meet the potential passenger capacity as a result of the PAT field development projects that we have realized.
In addition to our efforts to increase the capacity of the runway, we are also undertaking a number of works in order to provide healthy service under this heavy traffic. In our airport which still has only one runway, special technical and concrete mixtures and maintenance and repair works are carried out for the renovation of the deteriorated roads only at night when runway is idle. In this way, our existing runway is greatly renewed and operations are more comfortable and safe to continue.
During the covid-19 outbreak that has affected the whole world this year, our airport has been closed to flight traffic as part of the measures taken. Our team continued this closure process with great effort and dedication in order to eliminate the runway surface irregularities and increase the level of flight comfort and carried out all the manufacturing that could pose a risk during flight operation in a short period of 25 days in April.
Our airport is not only carrying out efforts to increase existing capacity, but also rapidly continues its efforts to adapt to new technological developments for flight safety that are being made available throughout the world. In this context, ground radar system has been put into operation in order to minimize ground incidents.
Construction of the second runway and associated new terminals and additional facilities is continuing rapidly and it is our biggest goal to be operational in 2021. This new runway is equipped with technical systems that can operate two runways at the same time in terms of distances and planes can take off and land at the lowest visibility distance. We would like to thank the Defense Industry presidency, which owns the Sabiha Gökçen Airport, and the State Airports Authority, which manages the construction process, for their contribution to the implementation of this challenging project.
We are also aware that our airport is growing and developing with the contributions of our stakeholders. Therefore, our terminal operator İSG, which operates under Sabiha Gökçen, investing airplane/engine maintenance companies such as My Technic, THY Teknik, TEC and Pegasus, which will invest in the coming period, add value to us as the faces of our aviation sector opening up to the world.
We are aware that we have achieved the title of being the fastest growing airport in the world with all of our stakeholders for seven years, according to the reports published by the international Airports Association (ACI); we believe that our successes will continue continuously.
HEAŞ General Director