Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport
|Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport|
|Airport type||Joint (civilian and military)|
|Hub for||Daallo Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||49 ft / 15 m|
Source: World Airports Data
Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport (Arabic: مطار جيبوتي الدولي, French: Aéroport international Ambouli) (IATA: JIB, ICAO: 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.
In addition to its use as a civilian airport, the following military establishments are located at the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport:
- Military of France
- formerly the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (French Foreign Legion) since 2011 in the UAE.
- 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (Troupes de Marine)
- Djibouti Air Base: Base aérienne 188 (BA 188) Djibouti "Colonel Massart" – French Air Force base
- Escadron de chasse 3/11 Corse operating 7 Mirage 2000C and 3 Mirage 2000D
- Escadron de transport d'outre mer 88 Larzac flying C-160 Transall, Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma and AS555 Fennec.
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.
- United States Armed Forces (Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa)
- Djibouti Air Force – located on the south west side of the airfield
- Japan Self-Defense Forces
- Deployment Air force for Counter Piracy Enforcement – operating 2 P-3C
- Italian Air Force
Airlines and destinations
|Etihad Cargo||Abu Dhabi, Sharjah|
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.
- Profile and Pictures of the French ambassador's visit to the base
- qui remplace le 4/33 Vexin (Escadron de chasse 4/33 Vexin) depuis le 3 novembre 2008, voir Air – Du «Vexin» au «Corse»
- AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. November 2014. p. 26.
- Airport information for HDAM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for HDAM at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for HDAM at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for JIB at Aviation Safety Network