Berbera Airport

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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
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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 Woqooyi Galbeed region in Somalia. It is situated in northwestern Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

History[edit]

The Berbera airport has a 4,140m (13,582ft) 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,[4] 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
African Express Airways Aden, Bosaso, Dubai, Galkayo, Mogadishu, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Sharjah, Wajir
Daallo Airlines Djibouti, Dubai, Mogadishu

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. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRET1fHLWdE#t=625

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