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Esenboga Airport

Esenboğa International Airport
Esenboğa Uluslararası Havalimanı
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

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 m (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 m (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.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Amsterdam Airlines Amsterdam, Maastricht
Anadolujet Domestic: Adana, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Antalya, Balıkesir-Körfez, Batman, Bodrum, Bursa-Yenisehir, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kars, Malatya, Mardin, Muş, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon, Van
İnternational: Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Ercan, Frankfurt, Moscow-Domodedovo [begins 31 October], Stockholm-Arlanda, Tehran-İmam Khomeini, Vienna
Ariana Afghan Airlines Kandahar, Kabul
Atlasjet Ercan, London-Stansted
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Borajet İstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Siirt, Van, Antalya-Gazipaşa, Balıkesir-Körfez, Bursa-Yenişehir, Denizli
Corendon Airlines Amsterdam, Billund, Brussels, Copenhagen
Germania Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg, Hannover
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart [all seasonal]
Hamburg International Munich, Stuttgart
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Libyan Airlines Tripoli
Lufthansa Munich
Pegasus Airlines Domestic: Diyarbakır, Erzurum, İstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Trabzon, Van,
İnternational: Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Ercan, Stuttgrat, Vienna
Pegasus operated by IZair İzmir, Bodrum
Qatar Airways Doha
Sky Airlines Antalya, Geneva, Hamburg
Turkish Airlines Domestic: İstanbul-Atatürk, İstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
İnternational: Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Turkuaz Airlines Domestic : Antalya, Batman, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Izmir, Trabzon, Van
XL Airways Germany Frankfurt

Traffic Statistics

The new Ankara International Airport
The new Ankara International Airport

(*) Preliminary data. Source:

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

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General Info
Country Turkey
Time UTC+2(+3DT)
Latitude 40.128082
40° 07' 41.10" N
Longitude 32.995083
032° 59' 42.30" E
Elevation 3125 feet
953 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 004° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Ankara
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Dates notified by NOTAM

TWR 118.1
GND 121.9
ATIS 123.6
APP 119.1

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
03R/21L 12303 x 197 feet
3750 x 60 meters
03L/21R 12303 x 148 feet
3750 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BUK CUBUK 090X 114.3 8.5 NM 212.2
NDB-DME ANK ANKARA 096X 356 9.9 NM 036.2

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

115/145 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (PURPLE)

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

Unknown fuel type or whether there is any fuel.

CAUTION Acft on visual apch fr W avoid ldg at Murted AB lctd 15 NM W of Esenboga.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
JASU (C-26)
LGT Rwy lgt 12.5' fr edge of ldg sfc. Rwy 03L first 180 M of apch lgt and flg lgt O/S UFN.

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