Moi International Airport

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Moi International Airport
Moi Airport Mombasa 2010.jpg


MBA is located in Kenya
Location of Moi International Airport in Kenya
Placement on map is approximate
Airport type Public, Civilian
Operator Kenya Airports Authority
Serves Mombasa
Location Mombasa, Kenya
Elevation AMSL 200 ft / 61 m
Coordinates 04°02′24″S 39°35′24″E / 4.04000°S 39.59000°E / -4.04000; 39.59000
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 10,990 3,350 Asphalt
15/33 4,473 1,363 Asphalt

Moi International Airport (IATA: MBAICAO: HKMO), also called Mombasa Airport, is in Mombasa, Mombasa County, in a township called Port Reitz, in southeastern Kenya, along the Indian Ocean coast.


Moi International Airport serves the city of Mombasa and surrounding communities. It lies approximately 425 kilometres (264 mi), by air, southeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in the country.[1] Mombasa Airport is operated by Kenya Airports Authority. It was named after former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi during his tenure.

At 61 metres (200 ft) above sea level,[2] the airport has two runways: Runway 1 measures 3,350 metres (10,990 ft) in length and Runway 2 measures 1,260 metres (4,130 ft) in length.[3] Runway 1 is also known as Runway 03/21, while Runway 2 is also known as Runway 15/33. Runway 1 is equipped with an ILS (Instrument Landing System).


The airport was built during the Second World War by the Engineer Corps of the South African Army. During that war it was used by the Fleet Air Arm as a land base of the British Eastern Fleet which was based at nearby Kilindini Harbour from 1942, by the RAF which operated anti-submarine Catalina flying boats off the East Africa coast and by the South African Air Force which was engaged in the war against Italy in Abyssinia. It was originally known as Port Reitz Airport.

Mombasa Airport was expanded to an international airport in 1979. Aircraft Maintenance facilities for private and light- to medium-size commercial aircraft are provided from government and private hangars by Benair Aircraft Engineering, licensed by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) as an approved maintenance organisation (AMO).

From July to September 1994, Moi International Airport was used almost continuously as a refuelling station during the Operation Support Hope humanitarian mission into Rwanda. Empty C-141 and C-5 freighter jets returning to Europe flew to Mombasa due to the scarcity of fuel in the African interior. The airlift through Mombasa ceased by October due to runway expansion work.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Sunset at Moi International Airport.
Moi International Airport, Gate 4.
Kenya Airways Boeing 737 at Moi International Airport.
Airlines Destinations
Condor Frankfurt
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Fly540 Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Zanzibar
Fly-SAX Moroni
Jambo Jet Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Jetairfly Brussels
Kenya Airways Dar es Salaam,[4] Jeddah, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
LOT Polish Airlines Charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Zanzibar
Mombasa Air Safari Amboseli, Keekorok, Lamu, Malindi, Masai Mara, Ukunda/Diani Beach
Neos Seasonal charter: Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino
Orenair Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
RwandAir Dubai-International, Kigali
Sky Aero Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta[5]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
ZanAir Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar

See also[edit]

Media related to Moi International Airport at Wikimedia Commons


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 4°02′24″S 39°35′24″E / 4.040000°S 39.59000°E / -4.040000; 39.59000