Marshall Islands International Airport

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Marshall Islands International Airport
Amata Kabua International Airport
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MAJ is located in Marshall islands
Location of airport in Marshall Islands
Airport type Public
Operator RMI Ports Authority
Serves Majuro
Location Majuro
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 07°03′53″N 171°16′19″E / 7.06472°N 171.27194°E / 7.06472; 171.27194
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 7,897 2,407 Asphalt

Marshall Islands International Airport (IATA: MAJICAO: PKMJFAA LID: MAJ), also known as Amata Kabua International Airport, is located in the western part of Rairok on the south side of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The airport was built during World War II (1943) on Anenelibw and Lokojbar islets.[1] It replaced Majuro Airfield, a coral-surfaced airstrip at Delap Island near the eastern end of Majuro Atoll that had been originally constructed by Japanese occupation forces in 1942.[2][3]

A series of single floor structures (small hangars) makeup the airport terminal. No physical structures existed at the airport prior to the 1970s. The current terminal structure and modern runway/apron were built in 1971.[4] Passengers from flights arriving at the airport use stairs to exit aircraft and walk to the terminal.

The airport is capable of handling all propeller-driven aircraft as well as small to midsize jet aircraft (e.g., Boeing 737s, Boeing 727s and Boeing 767s).

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority replaced the Marshall Islands Airports Authority in managing the airport in 2003 under RMI Port Authority Act.[5][6]

Airport improvements[edit]

Sea walls have been added to prevent the sea from reclaiming the infill used to create the airport.[when?]

Between 2007 and 2009, airport improvement projects replaced the runway surfaces, rebuilt the apron to better handle aircraft and repaved and added markings to the runway.[7] In 2007 the FAA add two new airport crash tenders to the existing 3 tender fleet as part of the airport improvement projects.[8]


Airlines Destinations
Air Marshall Islands Airok, Aur, South Tarawa, Ebon, Enejit, Jaluit, Jeh, Kaben, Kili, Kwajalein, Majkin, Maloelap, Mejit, Mili, Namdrik, Utirik, Wotje
Nauru Airlines Brisbane, Nauru, Nadi, Tarawa
United Airlines[9] Chuuk, Guam, Honolulu, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Pohnpei

Japan Airlines also operates occasional chartered flights to Majuro for scuba tours.[citation needed]

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxis and shuttle buses provide ground transportation to and from the airport to other areas of the island.[citation needed]

The main and only road on Majuro Island provides access to the airport.


No accidents have been reported at the airport and only two incidents involving aircraft originating from the airport:


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