Alula Aba Nega Airport

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Alula Aba Nega Airport
አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ
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IATA: MQXICAO: HAMK
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Mek'ele, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL 7,406 ft / 2,257 m
Coordinates 13°28′02″N 039°32′00″E / 13.46722°N 39.53333°E / 13.46722; 39.53333Coordinates: 13°28′02″N 039°32′00″E / 13.46722°N 39.53333°E / 13.46722; 39.53333
Map
HAMK is located in Ethiopia
HAMK
HAMK
Location in Ethiopia (Tigray region in red)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,604 11,825 Asphalt
Statistics
Passengers (2009) 112,060
Sources:[1][2]List of the busiest airports in Africa[3]

Alula Aba Nega Airport (Amharic: አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ?) (IATA: MQXICAO: 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.[4]

History[edit]

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[4] (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.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 7,406 feet (2,257 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,604 by 43 metres (11,824 ft × 141 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service to the Alula Aba Nega Airport:

Airlines Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines[6] Addis Ababa, Axum, Humera, Shire

Incidents[edit]

On 22 August 1982, Douglas DC-3 ET-AHP of Ethiopian Airlines was damaged beyond repair in a take-off accident.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Airport information for HAMK from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for MQX at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  4. ^ a b "Mekele Alula Aba Nega International Airport". Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia" (PDF). The Nordic Africa Institute. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Domestic route map". Ethiopian Airlines. 
  7. ^ "ET-AHP Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

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