Hakkari–Yüksekova Airport

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Hakkari–Yüksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport
Hakkari Yüksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Havalimanı
Airport type Public
Operator General Directorate of State Airports Authority
Serves Hakkari, Yüksekova
Location Yüksekova
Elevation AMSL 1,950 m / 6,400 ft
Coordinates 37°33′6″N 44°14′01″E / 37.55167°N 44.23361°E / 37.55167; 44.23361
YKO is located in Turkey
Location of airport in Turkey
Direction Length Surface
m ft
3,200 10,499 Concrete

Hakkari–Yüksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport (IATA: YKO, ICAO: LTCW) (Turkish: Hakkari Yüksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Havalimanı) is a public airport in Yüksekova, a town in Hakkari Province, Turkey.


Groundbraking at the airport took place on 17 July 2010.[1] The airport became a sabotage target of the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) long before the construction works began. Claiming that the airport will be used for military purposes, the PKK attacked three containers at the building site with firearms and threw a hand-made bomb from a passing-by car two weeks before the groundbreaking. Eleven trucks, a bulldozer and 17 telephone sets were set to fire. 25 workers were taken hostage. They were released after threatening. 70 workers quit their job and left the town due to threat notes distributed in the district. Eleven people, who transported material to the construction site, were kidnapped. Already two months before the completion of the airport, the PKK threatened the construction workers saying "We won't be responsible for anything, which can happen." The attacks caused a delay of 250 days.[2]

The construction of the airport has started on 18 July 2010. It was opened to public/civil air traffic at 26 May 2015. During the inauguration ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, it was announced that the airport is renamed Hakkari–Yüksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport after Saladin (1137/1138–1193), a Muslim leader of Kurdish origin, who fought against Crusaders and captured Jerusalem.[3] The airport is 5 km (3.1 mi) away from Yüksekova town centre.[1][4]

Technical details[edit]

The airport has a 3,200 m × 45 m (10,499 ft × 148 ft) runway, a 228 m × 120 m (748 ft × 394 ft) airport apron, a 265 m × 24 m (869 ft × 79 ft) taxiway and a 6,600 m2 (71,000 sq ft) terminal building. A 9.3 km (5.8 mi)-long road surrounds the facility. The ai[4] The airport was projected with a passenger traffic volume of 1 million annually. The construction cost Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png 120 million.[1][2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AnadoluJet Ankara[5]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Yüksekova'da havaalanı temeli atıldı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Devlet geri adım atmadı, millet kazandı". a Haber (in Turkish). 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Hakkari Yüksekova Havalimanı'nın adı 'Selahaddin Eyyubi' - Türkiye'de Bugün". BBC (in Turkish). 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Havacılık ve Uzay Teknolojileri - Hakkari-Yüksekova Havalimanı" (PDF) (in Turkish). Ulaştırma Bakanlığı. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  5. ^ JL (2015-05-13). "Anadolujet Adds New Domestic Routes from May 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  6. ^ JL (2015-05-14). "Turkish Airlines Adds New Domestic Routes from May 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 

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