Ankara Esenboğa Airport
Ankara Esenboğa Airport ( ICAO: LTAC , IATA: ESB) is the international airport serving the capital city Ankara. It has been operating since 1955 and it ranks 4th in terms of passenger traffic among airports in Turkey, with 16,7M passengers in 2018. The airport is located northeast of Ankara, 28 km from the city center.
The airport currently has two parallel runways, one of which is CAT III. A new parallel runway is under construction to the east of the terminal. The airport also hosts ATC training center and the simulator building. There is also the Grand Honor Hall (Foreign Guests Mansion) for state protocol and for foreign high rank visitors. The current new domestic and international flights terminal building was completed in 2006.
The airport is a hub for AnadoluJet and Turkish Airlines. The name of the airport comes from the nearby village Esenboğa, which is the modern form of “Isen Buga” (which means “Serene Bull”), the name of one of the commanders Timur, who settled in that area with the famous elephant army, during the 1402 Battle of Ankara.