Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport

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Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport
Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport Onyshchenko.jpg


JIB is located in Djibouti
Location of airport in Djibouti
Airport type Joint (civilian and military)
Serves Djibouti City
Location Ambouli, Djibouti
Hub for Daallo Airlines
Elevation AMSL 49 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 11°32′N 43°09′E / 11.533°N 43.150°E / 11.533; 43.150Coordinates: 11°32′N 43°09′E / 11.533°N 43.150°E / 11.533; 43.150
Website Official Website
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 10,335 3,150 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 258,877
Source: World Airports Data

Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport (Arabic: مطار جيبوتي الدولي‎, French: Aéroport international Ambouli) (IATA: JIBICAO: HDAM) is a joint civilian/military-use airport situated in the town of Ambouli. It serves Djibouti City, the capital of Djibouti. The airport is located approximately 6 kilometres (5 mi) from the city centre. The airport occupies an area of 10 square kilometers. Beside the airport proper, this includes a V.I.P terminal for prime ministers and presidents. Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport has served 258,877 passengers in 2009.


The airport was opened in 1948. Authorization to stop over in Djibouti given to other airlines: the number of civil stopovers quickly escalates from 99 to 125. Extension works of the landing strip are made in order to welcome heavier aircrafts and management of civil air activities is given to the French Air Force in 1967 and the 2nd extension of the landing strip which is lengthened to 2400 m; installation of a radio beacon and creation of local airfield control. 3rd extension of the landing strip in order to be able to welcome Boeing 707, such as Air France long-haul flights. Reinforcement and extension of the landing strip, which is lengthened to 3150 in order to be able to welcome Air France’s B747, linking Paris, Djibouti City and La Réunion (two-way flights). October 1977, Djibouti International Airport becomes a Commercial and Industrial Public Establishment. In the mid-1970s, the airport was enlarged to accommodate more international carriers, with the state-owned Air Djibouti providing regular trips to all major cities.

Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport has a single terminal building, with one departure gate and one baggage carousel. The largest non-commercial operator using the facility is the Djibouti Air Force.

As the airport is located south of Djibouti City and its runways run east–west, an airliner's landing approach is usually directly over the conurbation of the capital, when the wind is from the west.

In 2004, the airport served 182,641 passengers.


U.S. Air Force, C-130 Hercules at Djibouti International Airport

In addition to its use as a civilian airport, the following military establishments are located at the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport:

BA 188 is a joint forces support establishment, which has numerous support units based there and an anti-aircraft missile section of 8 double-barrelled 20 mm anti-aircraft guns and Mistral firing posts.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The arrival entrance to the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport.
The arrival entrance to the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport.
An Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft and ferrying bus on the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport runway.
An Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft and ferrying bus on the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport runway.
Airlines Destinations
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh
Daallo Airlines Dubai, Hargeisa, Jeddah, Mogadishu
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa
Felix Airways Sana'a, Ta'izz
flydubai Aden, Dubai
Jubba Airways Dubai, Jeddah, Hargeisa, Mogadishu
Kenya Airways Addis Ababa, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Qatar Airways Doha[4]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Ataturk, Mogadishu
Yemenia Sana'a


Airlines Destinations
Coyne Airways Dubai
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Sharjah

Ground transport[edit]


Taxi service is available at the airport. The official taxi rate is displayed on a billboard as passengers exit the terminal building and walk towards the parking area on the right-hand side.


  1. ^ Profile and Pictures of the French ambassador's visit to the base
  2. ^ qui remplace le 4/33 Vexin (Escadron de chasse 4/33 Vexin) depuis le 3 novembre 2008, voir Air – Du «Vexin» au «Corse»
  3. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. November 2014. p. 26. 
  4. ^

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