TAV extends Ankara concession until 2050
TAV Airports gave the best offer to operate Ankara Esenboğa Airport for another 25 years for a concession fee of €475 million plus VAT. During this period TAV will make an investment of approximately € 300 million to develop the gateway to the Turkish capital.
TAV Airports won the tender to develop and operate Esenboğa Airport between 2025 and 2050, with an offer of €475 million. The bidding was held today at the State Airports Authority (DHMİ) headquarters in Ankara.
TAV has an existing contract to operate Ankara Esenboğa Airport until May 2025. Pending official approvals, the concession will be extended until May 2050.
TAV Airports CEO Serkan Kaptan said “We are operating Ankara Esenboğa -the gateway to the Turkish capital- successfully since 2006. The terminal which we built back then reflects the ambitions and the modern face of the Republic. During this period, we have quadrupled the passenger traffic in Ankara, and worked towards increasing direct flights in collaboration with our stakeholders. In addition to being the political center of the country, Ankara is a touristic hotspot with a rich history and a hub connecting eastern Anatolia. Today we reiterate our commitment to the development of the aviation industry in Türkiye”.
The first phase of the investment consists of adding a new runway, a new traffic control tower and cargo facilities, will begin in 2023 and be completed in 36 months. The second phase includes terminal extension and will be realized until 2040 depending on traffic increase. Additionally, TAV plans to build a solar energy farm with a capacity of 5 MW, in accordance with its sustainability commitments.
The total investment will be around €300 million -€210 million in the first phase and €90 million in the second phase.
First carbon-neutral airport in Türkiye
During the first 11 months of 2022, Ankara Esenboğa Airport served 7.9 million passengers. In 2019, before the pandemic, passenger traffic was 13.7 million. Ankara Esenboğa was built in 1955. In 2004, TAV Airports won the built-operate-transfer (BOT) tender. The new terminal with an area of 182 000 sqm was completed in 2006.
Ankara Esenboğa was selected as the best airport in Europe in its category by the Airports Council Internmational (ACI) Europe, in 2009 and received the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award in 2020. In 2014, Esenboğa was the first airport in Turkiye to achieve Level 3+ carbon-neutral status at the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program.
About TAV Airports
TAV Airports provides integrated services in all areas of airport operations, with a global footprint at 90 airports in 29 countries. A member of Groupe ADP, TAV Airports is part of the leading airport management platform globally. Through its subsidiaries, TAV is active in airport service businesses, including duty-free, food and beverage, ground handling, IT, private security and commercial area management. The company is quoted on Istanbul Stock Exchange.