The Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located in Geziemir. Named after a former Turkish Prime Minister, Adnan Mendes, the airport serves the Izmir area. It is located 18 km south of the city on the way to Selcuk, Ephesus and Pamukkale. It is ranked fourth in terms of total number of passenger traffic. The fastest way to get to Izmir Adnan Menderes International airport is via the airport shuttle bus. There is a bus every 20, 35 and 60 minutes from the Turkish Airlines offices.
Izmir airport has a rich history. Being one of the earliest settlements on the Mediterranean, the town dates back to 3000 BC. Initially, the city was known as Smyrna. The city has been fought for and occupied in the past by several different peoples, often experiencing overthrows. The Temple of Athena, the most important sanctuary of Smyrna, dates back to 640 BC. It has been partially restored presently.
Izmir Adnan International airport is not an old airport as such. In comparison to other international airports worldwide it can be termed new. As a matter of fact, the new international terminal was built in September 2006. Due to this, it is fitted with the latest equipments that leave the clients feeling comfortable. It is expected to replace the old terminal.
Passenger traffic in the airport has steadily risen over the past years and is about 6 million passengers annually currently. Due to the rich history, Izmir has steadily attracted tourists resulting in the increase of passenger traffic. The airport is undergoing expansions so as to be able to handle the ever increasing passenger traffic.
There are two main terminals, one for international flights and one for local flights. The two terminals are connected by walkways. Four hundred metres of the walkway is mobile. This expansion was carried out to handle the ever increasing passenger traffic.