About Adana Airport / Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Adana Airport or Adana Şakirpaşa Airport (Turkish: Adana Şakirpaşa Havalimanı) (IATA: ADA, ICAO: LTAF) is an international airport located in Adana. The airport serves mainly to the Çukurova region, and in a lesser extent to the provinces surrounding Çukurova, due to its frequent domestic flight schedule and several flights to international destinations.
Şakirpaşa Airport is the fifth busiest city-airport system by passenger traffic in Turkey, with 4.7 million in 2014.The airport is ranked 83rd in the the busiest airports in Europe.
Adana Airport was constructed on a farmland at the Şakirpaşa area, 2.3 km west of the historical city centre. It was opened to service as a civil-military airport in 1937 and became a full civil airport in 1956. During the uncontrolled western expansion of the city from 1950s to 1990s, the airport was surrounded by unplanned low-income neighborhoods from east, west and north.
Adana, founded on the the Seyhan delta and by the Ceyhan rivers, dates back to 6000 BC. The area has had a long string of rulers, starting with the Luvi Kingdom from 1900 BC (a branch of the Hittites), through a succession of Hittites, Phrygians, Assyrians, Persians, Seluicuds and Byzantines. There was an on-off struggle between the Greeks and Persians, which lasted 1000 years, and ended once the Romans came in the 1st century BC.
The city first became an important trade centre under the Romans. Following the age of Islam, which began in 638 AD, there were then the Egyptian Mamelukes, the Ramazanogullari (Turks), and the Ottomans who captured the city in the 16th century.Adana was rescued from French invasion on 5 January 1922.So Adana witnessed to ten different civilizations and 18 different political formations.