Al-Ahsa Domestic Airport

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Al-Ahsa International Airport
مطار الأحساء الدولي
Al Hasa Airport.jpg
IATA: HOFICAO: OEAH
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Hofuf (Al-Asha)
Location Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Elevation AMSL 588 ft / 179 m
Coordinates 25°17′07″N 049°29′06″E / 25.28528°N 49.48500°E / 25.28528; 49.48500Coordinates: 25°17′07″N 049°29′06″E / 25.28528°N 49.48500°E / 25.28528; 49.48500
Map
OEAH is located in Saudi Arabia
OEAH
OEAH
Location of airport in Saudi Arabia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,060 10,039 Asphalt
Sources:[1][2]

Al-Ahsa International Airport (Arabic: مطار الأحساء الدولي‎, IATA: HOF[3]ICAO: OEAH) is an airport serving Hofuf (also known as Al-Ahsa or Al-Hasa), a city in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 588 feet (179 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 16/34 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,060 by 45 metres (10,039 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Al-Ahsa airport has almost completed the process to acquire the status of international airport. International flights are expected to takeoff from Al-Ahsa soon. Two important features for an international airport are now almost complete, sources told Arab News. The Directorate General of Passports has approved hiring additional staff. A process is under way to link the computer systems of the National Information Center (NIC) with the immigration counters of Al-Ahsa airport. Sources said that customs authorities have almost completed their required formalities.

Khalid Al-Khaibary, general manager of the Media section of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), told to Arab News “most formalities have been completed. We are awaiting a nod from the tripartite committee to start international flights.” He declined to specify a time frame.

Al-Ahsa is situated at a strategically important location. Its proximity to Qatar and Bahrain on one side and Dubai on the other side, makes Al-Ahsa an ideal place to serve as an international airport. Many Saudi citizens shuttle regularly between neighboring Qatar and Bahrain and they demand semi international connectivity. Al-Ahsa is also close to the world’s largest conventional oilfield, Ghawar. Employees of Aramco depend on Al-Ahsa airport for their transportation needs.

Nearly 50 percent of passengers that use Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and 17 percent of Bahrain Airport users hail from Al-Ahsa area, in addition to significant clientele of Qatar Airways. Currently, Saudi Arabian Airlines operates only two flights a week to Riyadh and Jeddah in low season and four flights during summer and holiday season. GACA formally approvedthe airport’s international status in 2011.[4] The airport is expected to grow by 300,000 passengers per annum between 2015 and 2020, a GACA study predicted.[4] Around 300,000 expatriate workers live in the area.[4]


Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
flydubai Dubai-International [5]
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudia Jeddah

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Airport information for OEAH from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for HOF at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (HOF – City: Hofuf, Airport: Al-Ahsa)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c International flights soon from Al-Ahsa airport Arab News 16 September 2013
  5. ^ "flydubai adds Hofuf to KSa network" (Press release). flydubai. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Al-Ahsa Airport at Wikimedia Commons