Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport
|Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport|
|IATA: JIB – ICAO: HDAM
|Airport type||Joint (civilian and military)|
|Hub for||Daallo Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||49 ft / 15 m|
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.
The airport was opened in 1948. Originally modest-sized, the facility grew in the post-independence period after numerous successive renovation projects.
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|
Tourists are often targeted by free taxi drivers in the arrival area. The green and white taxis usually do not have a meter and prices are negotiated before travelling.
- 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