Abdullahi Yusuf International Airport

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Abdullahi Yusuf International Airport
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Government of Puntland
Serves Galkayo, Somalia
Elevation AMSL 975 ft / 297 m
Coordinates 06°46′51″N 047°27′16″E / 6.78083°N 47.45444°E / 6.78083; 47.45444Coordinates: 06°46′51″N 047°27′16″E / 6.78083°N 47.45444°E / 6.78083; 47.45444
GLK is located in Somalia
Location of airport in Somalia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05L/23R 9,859 3,006 Asphalt
05R/23L 9,859 3,006 Dirt

Abdullahi Yusuf International Airport (IATA: GLKICAO: HCMR), formerly known as the Galkayo Airport, is an international airport located in Galkayo, the capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia.


Like most of Galkayo, the Abdullahi Yusuf International Airport is administered by the autonomous Puntland government.[3] It has acted as a buffer zone between the divided city's two main divisions. Taxes collected by the airport authority are split equally between the Puntland and Galmudug administrations, facilitating relations between the two regional authorities.[4]

On 25 March 2012, the facility was officially renamed in memory of the late Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the former President of Somalia, who was born in Galkayo.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
African Express Airways Aden, Berbera, Bosaso, Mogadishu, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Wajir
Jubba Airways Mogadishu

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Date Location Aircraft Tail number Aircraft damage Fatalities Description Refs
28 April 2012 Galkayo GR-Avia Antonov 3X-GEB W/O 0/36 A Jubba Airways aircraft on flight 6J-711 from Hargeisa to Galkayo veered right off runway 05L while landing in clear weather conditions. Captain indicated that his flight crew overflew so as to avoid collision with a goat or dog that had wandered onto the runway. The 32 passengers and 4 crew were not injured. However, the plane incurred significant damage. [6]