Ercan International Airport
Αεροδρόμιο Ερτζάν Λευκωσίας/Τύμβου
|Airport type||private airport|
|Owner||T&T Ercan Airport|
|Operator||T&T Ercan Airport|
|Elevation AMSL||403 ft / 123 m|
|Statistics (Nov 2012)|
Ercan International Airport (Turkish: Ercan Uluslararası Havalimanı pronounced [æɾˈdʒan uɫusɫaɾaɾaˈsɯ havalimaˈnɯ]) (IATA: ECN, ICAO: LCEN) is the primary civilian airport of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is located about 13 km east of North Nicosia, near the village of Kirklar.
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. Following the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus and the partition of the island into it was occupied by the Turkish army, and today it is used as the main civilian airport of Northern Cyprus.
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. 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 runway and an apron with a capacity of seven aircraft. Although the runway is long enough for large planes to land, it is not long enough for take-offs. The plan is for the construction of a new runway, apron and terminal building, with the planned new apron doubling the current plane capacity.[needs update]
Airlines and destinations
Due to the disputed international status of Northern Cyprus there are no non-stop scheduled flights between Ercan and destinations outside of Turkey. However, several airlines operate direct flights from Ercan to Europe with intermediate stops in Turkey.
- "LCEN" in widespread use, including by the ICAO (e.g. here), however the code does not appear in an official ICAO List.
- AB Haber News Site (Link to the news article)
- "Turkey "will open up to Cyprus"". BBC News. 7 December 2006.
- "Northern Cyprus airport for sale". Hurriyet. 27 December 2008.
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