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Esenboğa International Airport
Esenboğa Uluslararası Havalimanı
Esenboga International Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator TAV. Airport Management
Location Ankara
Elevation AMSL 3,125 ft / 953 m
Coordinates 40°07′41″N 032°59′42″E / 40.12806°N 32.995°E / 40.12806; 32.995 (Esenboğa International Airport)Coordinates: 40°07′41″N 032°59′42″E / 40.12806°N 32.995°E / 40.12806; 32.995 (Esenboğa International Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03R/21L 3,750 12,303 Asphalt
03L/21R 3,750 12,303 Asphalt
Source: Turkish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Esenboğa International Airport (IATA: ESBICAO: LTAC) (Turkish: 'Ankara Esenboğa Havalimanı or Esenboğa Uluslararası Havalimanı'), is an airport located 28 km (17 mi) east[1] of Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It has been operating since 1955. The name of the airport comes from the village of Esenboğa (the g is silent), which literally means "healthy bull".

In 2009, ESB served 6,085,126 passengers, 4,987,983 of which were domestic passengers. It ranked 5th in terms of total passenger traffic, 2nd in terms of domestic traffic and 7th in terms of international traffic among airports in Turkey.[2]

Esenboga International Airport was awarded as the best airport in Europe by ACI Europe (Airport Council International) and the award presented to airport officials on 17 June 2009 in Manchester. The award is given in 4 categories every year and Esenboga was in 5-10 million per annum category. It is the first time an ACI award was granted to a Turkish Airport.[3] According to ACI-Europe, "As with number of the top candidates in this category, the airport excels in all the keys areas of operations, however the judges singled it out for its work in the area of environmental innovation, securing an incredible 25% energy savings stemming from its recycling of exhaust gases to power its air conditioning plants."



Esenboğa Int'l Airport
Location of Esenboğa International Airport

The airport is located northeast of Ankara, 28 km (17 mi) from the center. Transportation to the city center is by taxi (around TRY 45 one way, metered) and through the Havaş bus line (approximately TRY 11 one way). The road between Esenboğa airport and the Ankara ring road was expanded during the summer of 2006, decreasing the driving time between the city center and the airport by several minutes.


A combined domestic and international terminal has recently opened, on October 2006, following two years of construction works.

The New Domestic and International Terminals have the properties as set below:

  • 168,000 m2 (1,808,337 sq ft) area,
  • 10.000.000 passenger/year capacity,
  • 18 ea. passenger bridge,
  • 105 check-in counters,
  • 34 passport counters,
  • Parking Facility with 123,000 m2 (1,323,961 sq ft) area and 4,000 vehicle capacity
Esenboga Airport New Terminal

Alternate space shuttle landing site

Esenboğa Airport has been designated as one of the emergency landing sites for NASA's Space Shuttle.[4]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Amsterdam Airlines Amsterdam, Maastricht
Ariana Afghan Airlines Frankfurt, Kabul
Atlasjet Ercan
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Corendon Airlines Amsterdam, Brussels [seasonal]
Cyprus Turkish Airlines Ercan
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn [begins 2 June], Stuttgart [begins 23 May]
Hamburg International Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart [begins 30 March]
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Libyan Airlines Tripoli
Lufthansa Munich
Pegasus Airlines Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn [begins 25 March], Copenhagen, Diyarbakır, Düsseldorf, Ercan, Erzurum, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Stuttgart, Trabzon, Van, Vienna
Pegasus operated by IZair Izmir, Bodrum
Qatar Airways Doha [begins 5 April][5]
Turkish Airlines Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn [begins 5 June], Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, Munich [begins 6 July], Paris-Charles de Gaulle [begins 2 July], Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Vienna
Turkish Airlines operated by AnadoluJet Adana, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Antalya, Batman, Bodrum, Bursa, Dalaman, Damascus, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Ercan, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kars, Malatya, Mardin, Muş, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon, Van
XL Airways Germany Frankfurt

Traffic Statistics

The new Ankara International Airport
Ankara Esenboğa International Airport Passenger Traffic Statistics
Year (months) Domestic International Total
2009 (all) 4.987.983 (+12.2%) 1.097.143 (-12.1%) 6.085.126 (+6.9%)
2008 (all) 4,444,311 (+23.1%) 1,247,822 (-7.5%) 5,692,133 (+14.8%)
2007 (all) 3,609,122 (+9.8%) 1,349,006 (+7.1%) 4,958,128 (+9.0%)
2006 (all) 3,287,585 1,259,993 4,547,578

(*) Preliminary data. Source:[2]

Aviation accidents and incidents at or near the airport


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