Berbera Airport

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Berbera Airport
Berberaairport1.jpeg
Aerial view of Berbera airport.
IATA: BBOICAO: HCMI
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Somaliland Civil Aviation & Air Transport Ministry
Serves Berbera, Somalia
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 10°23′21″N 044°56′28″E / 10.38917°N 44.94111°E / 10.38917; 44.94111Coordinates: 10°23′21″N 044°56′28″E / 10.38917°N 44.94111°E / 10.38917; 44.94111
Map
BBO is located in Somalia
BBO
BBO
Location of airport in Somalia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 13,582 4,140 Paved Asphalt
(no ILS)

Berbera Airport (IATA: BBO[1]ICAO: HCMI) is an airport in Berbera, a city in the northwestern Woqooyi Galbeed province in the Somaliland autonomous region of Somalia. A new terminal and 12 km fence were built in 2015.

History[edit]

The Berbera airport has a 4,140 m (13,582 ft) runway, one of the longest on the continent.[2] The runway was built by the Soviet Union (USSR) in the mid-1970s in order to counter the United States' military presence in the region.[3] It was rented by NASA at a cost of $40 million USD per year, and used as an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle from 1980 until 1991, when the government of former President of Somalia Siad Barre collapsed.

In 2012, the Somaliland region's Ministry of Civil Aviation contracted the Tekleberhan Ambaye Construction Plc (TACON) to build a new terminal and perimeter fence at the Berbera airport. The Grade 1 firm had previously constructed various buildings in Ethiopia, including the Oromia region president's office, the Yayu fertilizer factory, Jimma University, Mekelle University and Gambella Region Technical and Vocational Training College. A joint venture with the Afro-Sino Contracting and Investment Company, the project's design was conceived by the International Consultants Technocrats and Marco Construction firms. It cost 83 million Ethiopian birr in total, 3 million birr of which was earmarked for TACON. In March 2015, President of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud officially inaugurated the new airport terminal and fence, with officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen in attendance. The terminal was constructed on a 3,200 sqm land-plot and has various facilities, including public address and communication equipment, baggage transfer and checkpoints, security checks, a water tanker, 200 kg capacity scales, and an asphalt road leading toward the runway. The airport fence is also 12 kilometres in length.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
African Express Airways Aden (suspended),[5] Bosaso, Dubai-International, Galkayo, Mogadishu, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Sharjah, Wajir

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (BBO: Berbera)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Schmitz, Sebastain (2007). "By Ilyushin 18 to Mogadishu". Airways 14 (7): pp. 12–17. ISSN 1074-4320. 
  3. ^ Yazzie, J.H. 1983 USMC field exercise, this was told to me by my Commanding officer
  4. ^ "Ethiopia’s TACON Completes Somaliland’s New Airport Terminal and Fence With 80 Million Br". Addis Fortune. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Yémen : fermeture de l'aéroport d'Aden pour des raisons de sécurité (source aéropotuaire)" (in French). L'Orient Le Jour. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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