Esenboğa International Airport (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 “Windflowing Bull” or “Serene Bull”, the modernized form of Isen Buga, the name of a Turkic warlord in the army of Timur who settled his troops here during the Battle of Ankara in 1402.
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.”
ESENBOGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
ESENBOGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 3,125 ft.
Runway length available: 03R/21L 12303×197 ft. :: 03L/21R 12303×148 ft.