Ankara Esenboğa Airport (ESB/LTAC)

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Ankara Airport, with its state-of-art facilities, serves Turkey's political and administrative capital (pop. 4.9m).

All other major European/Russian & CIS as well as Middle Eastern destinations are likely to have a promising start.

Major reasons to serve this airport

  • Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city after Istanbul with a population of 5.2M (2015) covering eight districts under the city’s administration. Ankara also serves as the capital of the Province of Ankara.
  • Centrally located in Anatolia (the western-most part of Asia also known as Asia Minor). Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the centre of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the centre of Turkey’s highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing centre for the surrounding agricultural area.
  • The airport is located northeast of Ankara, 28km from the centre. Transportation to the city centre is by taxi and through the bus line. The road between Esenboğa Airport and the Ankara ring road was expanded during the summer of 2006, decreasing the driving time between the city centre and the airport by several minutes.
  • Ankara Airport, with its state-of-art facilities, is the gateway of Ankara and Central Anatolia to the world. There are many major cities except Ankara in Central Anatolia with developed economies and high business and touristic potentials such as Konya, Kayseri and Eskişehir. There are many families in Central Anatolia whose relatives live and work in European countries, especially Western European countries, and Ankara Esenboğa Airport serves these VFR requirements especially in summer and holidays.

Marketing and other support

Please download the Ankara Esenboga Airport Brochure.

People who want to fly (5.5m within two hours) and many reasons to also go there – the Kocatepe Mosque at night.

Catchment Area

  • 30 min: 2 million
  • 1 hour: 3.5 million
  • 2 hours: 6 million


  • 35 minutes to city centre by bus.
  • Available transportation modes to city centre: bus and taxi.
  • Major cities nearby: Kastamonu (245 km), Kırıkkale (77 km), Çankırı (131 km)

Please download the Ankara Esenboga Airport Brochure.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Contact our route development specialist for further information.

TAV has made airport development and modernisation a top priority creating spacious, world class gateways to this ambitious nation.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways (number and length): Two runways, each: 3,750m
  • Runway capacity: 23 movements/hour
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals: 1 Terminal
  • Min. connect time: 5-10 min. for domestic-domestic or international to international transfers
  • Aircraft Stands: 18 Gates, 32 apron + cargo

Vital statistics

Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) 2014 2015 Change
Domestic Int’l Total Domestic Int’l Total Domestic Int’l Total
ESB Pax 9,567,075 1,1445,044 11,012,119 10,767,698 1,559,171 12,326,869 12% 88% 12%
ESB ATM 70,542 11,697 82,239 75,917 12,031 87,948 8% 3% 7%
ESB Freight (tonnes) 78,294 31,121 109,415 82,471 31,075 113,547 4% 0% 3%
Data Source:
  • Largest carrier: THY

THY is the largest airline serving ESB


2016 DHMI Airport Tariff Charges