Adnan Menderes Airport (Turkish Adnan Menderes Havalimanı) is the airport at İzmir. It is located about 18 kilometres to the South of the third largest Turkish city, Izmir.
Selçuk and Ephesus are 60 kilometres away. The airport is named after the former Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes. It has three terminals. The third terminal was opened in August 2006 and has a capacity of 5 million passengers per year, as well as an additional parking space for 2,200 cars. The other two terminals are used for domestic flights and for the arrival of passengers without checked baggage.
Public transportation to Adnan Menderes Airport
The airport can be reached from the city centre of Izmir via the expressway 550, the European route E87 and the Izmir-Aydın highway.
A Havaş bus shuttle runs every hour from Alsancak city centre and from Mavişehir to the airport. The departure point in Alsancak is the Efes Hotel and in Mavişehir the shopping centre EGE Park. Apart from these departure points, no passengers are accepted on the way to the airport. The journey from the airport to Mavişehir leads via Gaziemir, Karabağlar, Yeşildere, Kahramanlar, Basmane, Çankaya, the Efes Hotel and Karşıyaka. You can get off at Orcaner in Karabağlar, at the Efes Hotel in Alsancak and in Karşıyaka. The journey takes about 50 minutes and costs 10 TL during the day and 12.50 TL at night. The buses stop at both terminals.
A cheaper alternative is the city bus lines 200, 202 and 204 of the transport company ESHOT. The buses stop at both terminals. You can get on and off at any stop. The stop at the international terminal is to the left of the exit for arriving passengers. This is marked with ESHOT and provided with the departure times. The cheapest way to travel is by city bus if you have a “Kentkart”. However, you can also buy a 3-trip card from the driver. This costs 5.50 TL.
Izmir International Airport Terminal
Line 200: Airport - Mavişehir (via Gaziemir, Karabağlar, Bayraklı, Karşıyaka and Bostanlı)
Line 202: Airport - Cumhuriyet Meydanı (via F. Altay-Üçkuyular, Güzelyalı, Göztepe and Konak)
Line 204: Airport - Otogar (via the Bornova metro station to the bus station)
Taxis are also available at both terminals.
Destinations from Adnan Menderes Airport
Regular flights from Atlasjet to Istanbul, British Airways to London-Gatwick, Eram Air to Tehran, Cyprus Turkish Airlines to Ercan, Germanwings to Berlin-Schönefeld, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart, Inter Airlines to Istanbul, Izair on behalf of Pegasus Airlines to Adana, Ankara, Diyarbakir, Istanbul, Mardin and Samsun, Lufthansa to Munich, Onur Air to Istanbul, Pegasus Airlines to Samsun and Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, Sun Express to Adana, Amsterdam , Antalya, Athens, Basel, Berlin Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel, Diyarbakir, Düsseldorf, Ercan, Erzurum, Frankfurt, Gaziantep, Hanover, Kayseri, Cologne, London-Stansted, Malatya, Munich, Nuremberg, Oslo, Paris-CDG, Sivas, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Trabzon, Van and Zurich, the Tarhan Tower Airlines to Istanbul and the Turkish Airlines to their bases in Ankara, Istanbul and Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, from there are further national and international addresses final connections possible.
And a little bit about the background story
In the early 1970s, civil flight operations in Izmir were handled by Cumaovası Airport, which was located at the current airport. Compared to today's Adnan Menderes Airport, Cumaovası Airport was significantly smaller in area and, by the time, became insufficient for civilian flight operations. As a result, it was decided to move civilian flight operations to the Çiğli Kaklɩç airport, which is located north of Izmir and is used for military purposes. From then on, the Çiğli Kaklɩç airport was used militarily and civilly. Civil flight operations at Cumaovası Airport have been discontinued. At the beginning of the 1980s it was decided to build a new civil airport for Izmir at the location of the Cumaovası Airport. For this purpose, the old and significantly smaller airport was enlarged and completely rebuilt. Construction work on the new airport began on May 29, 1984. In October 1987, the new international airport named "Adnan Menderes" was opened and civil flight operations were moved south of Izmir. Çiğli-Kaklɩç-Airport will only be used for military purposes after the opening of Adnan Menderes Airport.
The airport is named after the former Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who was executed as one of the main persons responsible for the Istanbul pogrom due to the "Organization of anti-Greek riots in 1955".
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