Alula Aba Nega Airport
|Alula Aba Nega Airport
አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ
|IATA: MQX – ICAO: HAMK|
|Operator||Ethiopian Airports Enterprise|
|Elevation AMSL||7,406 ft / 2,257 m|
|Sources: List of the busiest airports in Africa|
Alula Aba Nega Airport (Amharic: አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ?) (IATA: MQX, ICAO: HAMK), also known as Mek'ele Airport, is an airport serving Mek'ele, the capital city of the Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia. The name of the city and airport may also be transliterated as Mekele or Makale. The airport is located 10 km (6 miles) southeast of the city.
This airport was built in the late 1990s to replace an older one located 7 km (4 miles) from Mek'ele. The airport was named after the famous Tigrayan military leader Ras Alula, also known as Alula Aba Nega (Aba Nega was his favorite horse, following the custom of attaching the horse's name to that of a well-known warrior's first name). When it first opened, it had one unpaved runway 3,000 metres (9,843 feet) long, with 21 flights to Addis Ababa, 4 to Shire and 2 to Humera.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service to the Alula Aba Nega Airport:
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa, Axum, Humera, Shire|
- Airport information for HAMK from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for MQX at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- "Mekele Alula Aba Nega International Airport". Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012.
- "Local History in Ethiopia" (PDF). The Nordic Africa Institute. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- "Domestic route map". Ethiopian Airlines.
- "ET-AHP Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 July 2010.