Esenboga International Airport

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Esenboga International Airport

Esenboğa International Airport (IATA: ESB, ICAO: LTAC) (Turkish: 'Ankara Esenboğa Havalimanı or Esenboğa Uluslararası Havalimanı'), is an airport located 28 km (17 mi) northeast 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.

Esenboğa 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 Esenboğa was in 5–10 million per annum category. It is the first time an ACI award was granted to a Turkish Airport. 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."


The airport is located northeast of Ankara, 28 km (17 mi) from the center. The airport is connected with Kızılay (the city center) and Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal (Turkish: Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi, AŞTİ) by EGO city bus number 442 (from 6 am to 11pm). Transportation to the city center is also by taxi (around TRY 45 one way, metered) and through the Havaş bus line (approximately TRY 12,5 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

Alternate space shuttle landing site

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

Airlines and destinations
Traffic Statistics

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Aviation accidents and incidents at or near the airport

  • 1961 Turkish Airlines Ankara crash
  • 1964 Turkish Airlines Ankara crash
  • 1979 Turkish Airlines Ankara crash
  • Turkish Airlines Flight 158

Other airports in Ankara

There are three military airports in Ankara as follows:

  • Akıncı Air Base
  • Etimesgut Air Base
  • Güvercinlik Army Air Base

Building Activity

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