Ercan International Airport
|Ercan (Lefkosa) Airport
|IATA: ECN – ICAO: LCEN|
|Elevation AMSL||403 ft / 123 m|
|Statistics (Nov 2012)|
It is located east of the Nicosia, near the village of Kırklar/Tymvou. Since 2006 the rule which stipulates that flights are required to touch down at a Turkish airport before continuing to and from Ercan has been under discussion. Turkish and other airline booking sites commonly refer to this airport as Lefkosa Airport, which can be confusing, as its the same airport.
In 2006 the Turkish government began discussions for Northern Cyprus's main port Famagusta, and main civilian airport Ercan, to be able to operate direct connections with the UK government describing it as a "significant and creative offer".
Recent plans have arisen to privatise Ercan Airport as well as plans to enlarge the airport in order to increase capacity. Ercan Airport currently has a 2.5 kilometre-long landing field and an apron with a capacity of seven aircraft, and, although the runway is long enough for large planes to land, it lacks the length for take-offs. The plan is for the construction of a new landing field, apron and terminal building, with the planned new apron doubling the current plane capacity.
The precursor of Ercan Airport, Tymvou Airport was constructed by the British in World War II as a military airport, during their colonial rule of the island. It was abandoned after the independence of Cyprus. Following the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus and the partition of the island into Turkish and Greek areas it was expanded and today it is used as the main civilian airport of Northern Cyprus.
Airlines and destinations
All regular international flights outside of Turkey are not direct flights and they require an intermediate landing at a Turkish airport.
|Atlasjet||Adana, Antalya, Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir, London-Luton, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen|
|Borajet codeshare with Turkish Airlines||Adana, Hatay, Antalya|
|Corendon Airlines||Antalya, Copenhagen|
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Amsterdam, Wrocław|
Seasonal charter: Amsterdam, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich
|Onur Air||Istanbul-Atatürk, Trabzon
Seasonal charter: Glasgow, Ljubljana, Manchester
|Pegasus Airlines||Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, London-Stansted|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen|
operated by AnadoluJet
- www.flyercan.com Live arrivals and departures information
- Airport information for LCEN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for LCEN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for LCEN at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for ECN at Aviation Safety Network