Ercan airport guide

Ercan airport guide

Ercan Airport (pronounced ‘air jan’) is North Cyprus’ main airport and sits smack bang in the middle of Cyprus, close to the Green Line that separates the north of the country from the south.  The nearest town is the North Cyprus capital, Nicosia, which is around 35 km away and easily reached by local taxi.  There are no direct flights into Ercan airport unless you are flying from Turkey or with the private Azeri carrier from Azerbaijan.  This is because North Cyprus is not currently recognised as an independent country with Ercan as its airport, by anyone other than Turkey, although it is hoped that this will change in the near future.  For now, most flights to Ercan are required to stop over somewhere in Turkey before flying on to North Cyprus – usually at Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana or Antalya.  This stopover may sound annoying but in reality passengers are not normally even required to leave the plane and the stopover lasts no more than an hour.

The carriers that fly into Ercan are mostly local airlines – like Turkish Airlines and Onur Air – but you can book your flight into the Turkey stopover point with any international airline if you prefer to make the first leg of the journey with a name your recognise.  If you choose to do this, like any ongoing transfer, when it comes to the flight to Ercan you will just need to obtain a fresh boarding pass and make sure you’re at the right gate on time.

The airport itself has recently undergone a major refurbishment, in anticipation of Ercan being able to receive direct flights from all over the world in the near future.  It’s a fairly small airport so there is no need to walk miles from the arrivals gate to the baggage collection and because of the recent refurbishment the airport is well designed, comfortable and easy to navigate.  Security checks are as strict as at any other European airport so you will need to ensure you have complied with all the usual requirements with respect to baggage and hand luggage.  The airport has plenty of duty free shops selling all the usual duty free treats including wine, spirits and cigarettes.

More than 90 flights a week arrive at Ercan during the peak summer season so it’s a busy and popular destination and a good idea to book your travel early. Citizens of the European Union, Azerbaijan, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Azerbaijan, Australia and New Zealand do not require visa but if you fall outside of these countries it’s best to check with the nearest North Cyprus embassy as to what will be required.