Ankara Esenboga International Airport (ESB) Information
The airport serving Turkey's centrally located national capital is officially called the Ankara Esenboga International Airport. The name of both this hub and the village where it stands translates to 'serene bull' in English and is a variation on the name of a warlord who fought in the 1402 Battle of Ankara.
In under a decade, the airport's annual passenger throughput soared from under three million to 8.5 million, making it Turkey's fifth-busiest air facility. ACI Europe recently named this airport, a designated NASA space shuttle emergency landing site, as the best in Europe.
In 2006, the facility acquired a new combined international and domestic terminal capable of managing up to ten million passengers through its 34 passport counters and 105 check-in counters each year. A separate general aviation terminal reserved for private aircraft opened as recently as 2012.
Esenboga International Airport (ESB)
Address: Ankara-Cubuk Yolu / DHMI Havalimani Basmüdürlügü, Esenboga, Ankara, Turkey, TR
Tel: +90 0312 590 4000
The Ankara Esenboga International Airport stands 24 km / 15 miles north-east of the city centre, which is centred around Kizilay Square. The driving time to and from Ankara was dramatically decreased after the summer 2006 expansion of the route between the city's ring road and the airport.
- Three information points
- Lost luggage areas for different airlines
- PortClinic medical facility
- A 150-seat conference hall, as well as two smaller meeting halls
- Car hire from three local companies at the International area of the terminal, and six international companies in the Domestic area
- Six ATMs in the Domestic area and another in the International area
- Three currency exchanges and five banks
- Shopping venues open at all hours of the day
- Hairdresser at the Arrivals floor mezzanine area
- A dozen mosques scattered throughout the terminal
Cars and Taxis
Experienced drivers should have few problems driving from Esenboga International Airport to the city, despite the city's parking space shortage and numerous one-way streets. The Ozal Boulevard (Esenboga Yolu), also known as the D-140, is the main route between Ankara and the airport, passing by Saracalarciftigili, Saray Osmangazi Mah and Karacaoren Mah along the way.
The Arrivals and Departures floors in both the International and Domestic areas have special sections reserved for taxis, which welcome passengers 24 hours.
The Havas Shuttle bus service stands ready to transport arriving passengers to a number of different destinations across Ankara, including Pursaklar, Haskoy and Aydinlikevler. Havas Shuttle buses leave the airport roughly 25 minutes after each arriving flight lands. Passengers can also board the 442 line of the city's public bus service in front of the Arrivals floor passenger exits of both the International and Domestic areas.