İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB/LTBJ)

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Make no mistake: İzmir is a big city with a lot of indigenous consumers, a major port, and considerable culture – in 2006 Pope Benedict XVI knelt in prayer at the House of the Virgin Mary in nearby Ephesus, believed to be the last residence of Mother of the Catholic church (the shrine itself receives 500,000 visits).

Major reasons to serve this airport

  • İzmir is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country’s largest port after Istanbul with a population of 4 million of which 3.3 million are urban. It is located on the west coast of the country possessing a large hinterland known as the Aegean Region which is the second largest industrial region in the country after Istanbul with very specific socioeconomic differences.
  • Turkey’s third largest city, İzmir, also known as the “pearl of the Aegean.” In addition to the historical points of interest in İzmir city centre itself, the nearby centres of Çeşme, Foca, Bergama and Selçuk make the entire region a magnet for tourists.
  • İzmir is also a important centre for Christianity and is visited by many Christian pilgrims every year. The House of the Virgin Mary, located near Ephesus in Selçuk, is considered by Christians all over the world a very significant spiritual place and is visited by more than half a million people every year.
  • İzmir is Turkey’s primary port for exports and its free trade zone (a Turkish-US joint-venture established in 1990) is the leader among 20 similar ventures in Turkey. Its workforce, and particularly its rising class of young professionals, concentrated either in the city or in its immediate vicinity (such as in Manisa), and under either larger companies or SMEs, helps affirm İzmir’s increasingly wider global scale and intensity.
  • Many international fairs are organised in İzmir every year ranging from short film and jazz festivals through to tourism symposia. The city also hosts an international arts festival during June and July, and the İzmir International Fair, one among the city’s many fair and exhibition events, is held at the beginning of September every year.
  • New, co-ordinated transport policies were introduced in İzmir in 1999, the first in Turkey to apply the lessons of integration. There is a modern rapid transit line running Southwest to Northeast through the city.
  • The city-airport shuttles, provided by privately-operated buses, are devoted to two routes: The first connects the airport with Karşıyaka on the city’s northern side and the second to Alsancak in the south. Access to the city centre by train, bus and taxi is possible although a subway that will reach the airport is under construction.

Great city (4m); great new airport facilities (including a new international terminal opened in 2006).

Marketing and other support

Please download the İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport Brochure.

İzmir's intensive catchment includes over 2.5m within the metropolitan area under one hour from the airport.

Catchment Area

  • 30 min: 1.5 million
  • 1 hour: 2.5 million
  • 2 hours: 5.5 million


  • 20 minutes to city centre by bus.
  • Airport subway link under construction.
  • Major cities nearby: Manisa: 36km, Aydın: 130km, Balıkesir: 173km, Uşak: 211km

Please download the İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport Brochure.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

İzmir is Turkey’s primary port for exports and its free trade zone (a Turkish-US joint-venture established in 1990) is Turkey’s foremost modern industrial park for services and manufacturing serving the EU, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia.

Please contact us for more information.

The new international terminal opened in September 2006.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways (number and length): 2 runways, each: 3.240m x 45m
  • Runway capacity: 30 movements/hour
  • Slot Coordinated
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals: 1 Domestic, 1 International
  • The new international terminal was opened in September 2006.
  • Min. connect time: 1 hour
  • Aircraft Stands:
    • Gates: 23
    • Apron: 2
    • Cargo: 1

In 2012, TAV started the construction of the new domestic terminal for ADB. The construction of the new domestic terminal will be completed in 2 years.

New capacity added with new domestic terminal:

  • Terminal Area: 204,000 m2
  • Check-in Counters: 64
  • Passenger Boarding Bridges: 8

Vital statistics

Izmir A.Menderes Airport (ADB) 2011 2012 Change (%)
Domestic International Total Domestic International Total Domestic International Total
ADB Pax 6,125,076 2,398,457 8,523,533 6,945,027 2,411,257 9,356,284 13 1 10
ADB ATM 44,908 17,494 62,402 50,098 17,124 67,222 12 -2 8
ADB Freight (tonnes) 58,508 42,284 100,792 66,770 42,505 109,275 14 1 8
Data Source: www.dhmi.gov.tr
  • Largest carrier: Sunexpress Airlines


Airport charges (2013)

Annual report